Creature of the night, take note

So many of us find it hard to balance our internal clock with our work schedule, right? Well, a new study links late nights to high blood pressure, diabetes and even an increased risk for premature death. Creature of the night, take note: it’s time to start changing your habits.

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The first step is to adjust your bedtime subtly. Get into the sheets 15 minutes earlier each day. Soon enough you’ll be getting sleepy about an hour earlier than usual. Also, taking the guesswork out of dinner and getting it ready fast prevents delayed mealtimes (bonus: this helps you beat snacking too!), which will then impact your bedtime.

Easy peasy

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Bonus: UCOOK even has a Christmas box – aptly called The Feast Box. Curate your box with your chosen starters, mains, sides and dessert and they deliver everything you need to wow everyone without the sweat on 22, 23 or 24 December – you choose the day). Love!

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Alternatively, do your meal prep on weekends so you can heat up or bake your dinner while you’re in the shower. Night, night.

This article was originally published in Women's Health SA.