How to sleep better
Late nights and irregular sleeping schedules are not that uncommon to students, and can have a detrimental effect on their lives some research has shown.
Here are some tips to getting and maintaining a regular sleep schedule:
- Have a routine before you go to sleep. Your mind will learn it and understand that you are going to sleep.
- Turn off the lights, cover any LEDs, close the curtains, etc. Humans are diurnal, removing light will remind your brain that it is night and time to sleep.
- Do slow exercises and/or stretches. Let gentle movement relax your body before you try to drop off. Avoid sharp changes in position unless you intend to collapse from exhaustion.
- Get very comfortable. Any shifting will wake you up, so be sure you won’t need to move for a while.
- To wake up, reapply most of the above. Have a morning routine, turn on the lights and look toward the sun, do more exercise/stretching. While shocking yourself awake may seem effective, it’s better to wake up slowly of you can.
- Avoid caffeine in excess. One cup of coffee or tea per day is no less effective than five over a long period of time.
- Change temperature in either direction. The difference will make you more alert.
Above all: Get enough sleep!