Now that the school year is underway, it seemed like a good time to talk about how to get better sleep. I know a lot of us students don’t take sleep for granted, and we certainly get less of it during the year. I have dealt with insomnia most of my life and thought I would share some of my tips for combatting it. Enjoy!
- Stay on a sleep schedule: Avoid sleeping in too late on weekends- this can make insomnia worse the following night, and can actually make you feel more groggy.
- Don’t hit the snooze button: It is better to get up right away- falling back asleep will just make you feel more drowsy.
- Relax before you go to bed: Take some time to read or watch some TV to wind down. I like to make sure I’m actually tired by watching Netflix for a little while.
- Make sure you’re not too hot/cold: Temperature plays a huge role in how you sleep. I recommend having proper ventilation in your room (vents/windows open, fan going, door open) and layering blankets instead of using one heavy comforter.
- Wear socks: I always wear socks to sleep. Why? It is impossible to sleep with cold feet. Snuggle up in some cozy socks.
- Don’t go to sleep hungry: I know they say you should’t eat for two hours before you go to sleep, but I totally disagree. Nothing keeps me up at night like a growling stomach. There’s no shame in a midnight snack. 😉
- Stay off social media: It’s a good idea to avoid checking the socials right before you go to sleep. If you see something you don’t like, it will just keep you awake.
- Exercise during the day: I tend to fall asleep easier when I’ve worked out that day. Physically burning energy is a sure-fire way to tire yourself out come bedtime.
- Don’t stare at the clock: Fussing over what time it is and how much sleep you’re losing will just make you feel anxious and prevent you from dropping off. I use the alarm on my phone and don’t even keep a digital clock by my bed for this reason.
- Medication: This is a last resort, but there are some common drugstore medications that can help with sleep, such as Melatonin and Zzquil. Additionally, vitamins and supplements can help your body’s metabolism and prevent crashes, which can help prevent further insomnia.
I hope this post was helpful for all of you. If you have any tips for a good night’s rest, leave a comment! 🙂
Thanks for reading!