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:

  1. Have a routine before you go to sleep. Your mind will learn it and understand that you are going to sleep.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Get very comfortable. Any shifting will wake you up, so be sure you won’t need to move for a while.
  5. 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.
  6. Avoid caffeine in excess. One cup of coffee or tea per day is no less effective than five over a long period of time.
  7. Change temperature in either direction. The difference will make you more alert.

Above all: Get enough sleep!

Author: SmartStudent

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