Sleep is so important.

Try functioning on little to no sleep if you doubt the importance of good sleep. For the past couple of weeks, it seems that our family has gotten off their sleep schedule.

Currently, I arrive home from work dead on my feet. One day, I actually laid down right after work, and napped for over an hour. Last night, we slept from 9:30 pm to 1:00 am, sat up for a few hours, and fell back to sleep around 4:00 am and had to get up again at 7:00 am.

This just won’t do. Now, we have to begin the process of adjusting our schedule.

The first step to getting back on track is no more naps. While a power nap of 20 minutes or so shouldn’t hurt your regular sleep habits, that same nap can kill your ability to sleep through the night if you are having trouble sleeping.

When you are off your sleep schedule, it is also important to wake up at the same time every day. It is tempting to sleep in longer on the weekend and catch up on your sleep, but that further disrupts your sleep schedule.

Finally, pay extra attention to your diet. Are you getting plenty of water? Do you have too much caffeine in the afternoon? Are you having a sugary dessert after your dinner? You need to cut it out and watch anything that you ingest that can be perking you up later that night.

Follow these tips and you will be yawning and sleepy at night and will soon be sleeping through the night.

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