Tips for getting a good sleep

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Being a student, there are so many elements that prevent you from getting a good nights’ sleep, between your group chat buzzing until 2 in the morning, your Netflix account adding new series’ every week or there being a twitter feud building up between your two favourite celebs. Essential things you just can’t miss but also things like cramming for exams, typing up essays etc

Things like that can drive your sleeping pattern up the wall. Here are some tips to help you catch those all important Z’s:

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Try and keep yourself to a schedule, go to bed at a certain time and get up at a certain. This is made easier when you are in a routine from school, college, work etc. Of course, there’s no harm in a sneaky nap here and there but keep it to a minimum.

Have a relaxing bedtime routine, take a bath, read a book, listen to music do anything which helps put your mind at ease.

Your room must be a sleep-friendly environment. Try not to have clutter (easier said than done, I know) but clutter-free room means clutter-free mind, have your room dark so no bright screens or lights on. This may be difficult if you live with roommates or if there is a lot of interruptions around you, try ear plugs or sleep masks to encourage a peaceful night’s sleep.

Use your bed for sleep only. Try and avoid doing other activities like watching TV, doing homework or eating. Your body will associate other things with your bed and will make it harder for you to fall asleep when it is needed.

Try not to eat two hours before you plan to go to bed. So no midnight snacks or cups of tea before you go to sleep because it will make your body feel uncomfortable and more alert, preventing your ability to fall asleep.

Keep busy and exercise during the day. It is common knowledge that this will help you drift off and improve the quality of your sleep, although don’t exercise around two hours again before you go to bed it will actually make it harder for you.

As students, we love a good nap but avoid taking loads of them. Keep them less than an hour and preferably not after 3 PM. You’ll set your body clock crazy and it’s just not worth it.

Typically,  you should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep a day. Obviously being students, the all-nighters and excessive napping are all part of the journey but try and keep them to a minimum and life will be a breeze and eventually you will be able to interact with the ever so chirpy morning people.

 

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