How to Get the Best ZZZZZ’s

I don’t know about you, but as the school year is coming to an end, I am getting more and more sleepy throughout the day. I wake up feeling groggy and not very rested, when I wish I felt more awake and ready to tackle my day. So, what can we do to make sure we are well rested and ready to face the challenges of a brand new day? I did some research and found some pretty awesome tips that I would like to share with you.

Tip #1: Keep a consistent sleep schedule 

You want to be able to keep a consistent sleep schedule throughout the week. Yes, this even means not sleeping in on the weekends…GASP!! I know, but believe it or not this actually helps make you feel more rested. You should be going to bed and waking up at about the same time everyday so that you can regulate your body clock. By waking up and going to bed at different times, your body clock is stuck trying to catch up and figure out what is going on each day, which causes you to feel more tired. So, remember, stay consistent.

Tip #2: You SNOOZE, you LOSE

Hitting that snooze button over and over again will actually make you feel more tired, even though you think it will help you feel more rested. Your body will try and go into a sleep cycle, but if it is interrupted every 10 minutes by you hitting the snooze button, it will leave you feeling lethargic for the rest of the day. YIKES!

Tip #3: Watch what you eat and drink before you sleep 

Things like caffeine and sugary candy are not the best things to eat before bed. Nothing bothers me more than having my wonderful sleep interrupted because I have to go use the restroom. So, drinking lots of liquids before bed are not a good idea unless you want to make several dashes to the restroom.

Tip #4: Dim the lights!

An hour or two before bedtime, you should dim the light on all devices (phone, laptop, tablet, iPod, etc.) to help get your body into sleep mode. Bright and flickering lights from your different gadgets can put your body into awake mode, so try not to use them before bed, or at least dim them as much as you can.

Tip #5: Avoid doing work on your bed 

Even though it may be very comfortable to do work on your bed, it can also lead to you associating your bed with the tough, daily grind you go through. This may make it hard to disconnect work and sleep while you are drifting off into dreamland. So, try and do your work/homework in other locations.

Tip #6: Work it out

Surprise, surprise, regular exercise will help you sleep better. Add that to your list of reasons for why you should work out

 

I hope these tips are helpful for you!!

~Kat

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