Early to Bed Is Wise
Benjamin Franklin once wrote: "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise." We will be able to sleep more easily when the night is still young. Our body starts to go into rest mode biologically when it gets truly dark after sunset. It is natural to go to bed not long after sunset and wake up before sunrise. If we stay up, then it may be harder to fall asleep later.

Before 20th century, people used to go to bed early. After electric lighting became common in early 20th century, people started to stay up. Socialising until midnight becomes a norm.

Our body is supposed to be asleep around 2 to 3 hours after sunset. If we go to bed late, the quality of sleep will not be as nourishing, even if it is longer. It is a big waste to miss the golden hours for sleeping. Sleeping in the golden hours can prevent chronic fatigue. Our body is scheduled to repair itself during these golden hours and the repair can only be done in sleeping.

Next time when we are asked what we do at night, we just say we go to bed. Decline any invitation for socialising at night.

Posted: 2016-10-27 by Ong Seng Aun.
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