You Can't Fix An Out Of Sync Sleep Cycle By Sleeping In At The Weekend

After what seems like the longest and coldest winter ever, the clocks have finally gone back and we can (hopefully) enjoy the summer ahead. While we are already enjoying the longer daylight hours, for some of us this is overshadowed by a disrupted sleep cycle.

Unfortunately, for those of us who regularly bank on catching up on missed sleep at the weekends, chronic sleep loss cannot be amended in this way. In fact, it tends to disrupt sleep even more as there is no regular 24 hour sleep and wake cycle for your body to adjust to. However, if you miss out on sleep temporarily a good night sleep can help put you back into sync.

Dr Craig Hudson, an expert on sleep disorders developed the BED equation below based on clinical trials that chartered behavioural, environmental and dietary factors that impact on sleep quality.

The formula then produced a sleep score out of 10 and prompted sleep enhancing measures for the individual including:

- Reducing noise and light distraction

- Managing bedroom temperature at 21⁰C

- Exercising during the day

- Limiting intake of alcohol and caffeine

- Increase complex carbohydrate intake in the evening

Amend the factors which will help encourage a consistent sleep cycle instead of banking on sleeping in at the weekend!

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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