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The UnBroken Podcast is a call to action to create a different direction, dialogue, and narrative for your life. Dr Rachel Taylor shares sleep tips for living your best life in this episode, sponsored by A Podcast Company.

Though we all have different needs and preferences when it comes to how much sleep we need and the best times to go to bed, there are general golden rules we should consider to get good sleep. One such rule is that the body gets its most optimal rest when we go to sleep between the hours of 10 PM and 2 AM. This happens because the sleep time is aligned with the body’s natural hormone secretion schedule.

Good sleep protects against insulin resistance, lowering the risk of high blood glucose levels and even type 2 diabetes. It keeps cells healthy, so they can easily take up glucose. In addition, the brain uses less glucose during sleep, which helps regulate the body’s overall blood glucose level.

We need to listen to our bodies and go to sleep when we feel tired. Going to sleep at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning is the easiest way to maintain your circadian rhythm. If you continuously need an alarm clock to wake up, that is your body’s way of telling you to establish a bedtime. 

Key Takeaways:

  • The body gets its most optimal rest when you go to sleep between 10 PM and 2 AM.
  • Good sleep lowers the risk of high blood glucose levels.
  • If the only thing that wakes you up is your alarm clock, you need a bedtime. 

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