So you know you need to get sleep to take care of yourself and to best function throughout your day, and your life in general. But, getting great sleep isn't as easy as it sounds. Check out these tips and set yourself up for sleep success!
- Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day. Large variations in sleep schedule can have the same effects as not getting enough sleep.
- Come up with a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Just as you cool down after a workout, your mind needs a cool down before you go to bed.
- Use your bed for sleep, not as a study space. Separate these two locations and activities in order to use both spaces more effectively.
- Don’t eat within two or three hours of your planned bedtime. Eating too close to bedtime can make it difficult to fall asleep.
- Exercise, but not close to your bedtime. Regular exercise makes it easier to fall asleep and can help improve sleep quality, but if you exercise right before you go to bed, it can be harder to fall asleep. Try to finish your workout at least three hours before bedtime.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine before bedtime. Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and cause your body to be more alert. Avoiding caffeine six to eight hours before bed can improve sleep quality. Though alcohol is a depressant and can make you feel sleepy, it disrupts your R.E.M. cycle and can prevent you from getting deep, refreshing sleep.
- Avoid screen time (e.g. cell phone, computer, or T.V. use) before bed. Blue light waves emitted from electronic devices have the same effect as sunlight and stimulate your body to be awake.
Hungry for more suggestions? Sheck out the National Sleep Foundation Recommendations. And then get some sleep!