Schedule Your Sleep

Make this your Healthiest Year Ever with this month’s tip from Frank Lipman, MD, functional medicine pioneer, and wellness evangelist.

Don’t cheat on your hours of shut-eye, says functional medicine star physician Frank Lipman. “It’s crucial to have a consistent sleep schedule, where you get up and go to sleep at the same times every day. A change in your daily habits such as a short night’s sleep can disrupt your circadian rhythms, so much so that the attention you give to being healthy—like eating a clean diet and working out regularly—can go to waste if you’re not getting enough.”

So how can you make it happen while working million-hour work weeks, and why should you really try? Here’s what Dr. Lipman had to say:

Dr. Frank LipmanWhen you regulate your sleep schedule, you give your body the opportunity to establish a healthy biochemical rhythm. For instance, if you go to bed at 11:00 p.m. and get up at 6:00 a.m., your body knows that it’s going to need melatonin at 11:00 p.m. and serotonin and cortisol at around 6:00 a.m.

However, someone who changes their sleeping and waking times has a body that constantly needs to recalibrate, which tires you out. In a sense, not having a regular sleep schedule puts your body into a perpetual state of mild jet lag.

If you’re eating well and exercising, but still not feeling your best, it’s so important to improve the quality of your sleep as this is a crucial time for healing. Try it this month.

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