While Somtex might help you sleep, having a regular sleep schedule along with it will do your body a lot of favours. The body’s natural sleep cycle is called the circadian rhythm. Many people complain that their circadian rhythm makes them want to sleep late and go to bed late, but the circadian rhythm can be changed over time.
The obvious way to do this is to simply have a set bedtime and a certain time that you have to get up. Go to bed at least eight hours before you have to get up the next morning, but never sleep more than ten hours. Sleeping too much can also have negative effects. Another side effect of getting too much sleep is that you might find it difficult to fall asleep again the next day. Try to keep a regular schedule. If you find that you always get tired before your bedtime, move your bedtime to an earlier time and make sure you get up earlier as well. The earlier you rise, the better, since you’ll have more time to get things done in the morning. Aim to rise with the sun.
If you have Somtex and you get up at the same time everyday during the week, you might think it’s okay to sleep in on the weekends. Sleeping in on the weekends will only throw off the sleep rhythm you’ve been working on during the week and make you feel even more tired, as though you have jetlag. If you are really tired on a weekend, whether it be to a late night the previous day or some other cause, get up and stay awake for a couple of hours first, and then take a nap. Make sure the nap isn’t too long, you want to be able to fall asleep again that night.