We’ve all had those exhausting days, where we’ve been dreaming about our beds the entire time we sit at our desks, only to come home and stay up until an uncivilised hour; it’s like the minute we have some time to ourselves, we try to grasp every ounce of freedom before having to face the monotony of everyday life. Then, when we finally convince ourselves to sleep, we lie there, mentally watching the time set on our alarm clock tick closer and closer. Repeat the next day. But getting enough sleep is so important, not only for our bodies but also our mentality, for increasing our positivity, productivity and passion. And let’s face it, sleep feels good when we can actually do it. So here are some rules for sleeping better:
- Establish a sleep schedule and honour it – it can be difficult to stop procrastinating on sleep when we finally have some time to do something enjoyable and effortless, but going to bed at the same time every night will help our bodies relax and prepare itself for sleep at a certain time, and therefore you’ll get to sleep much quicker.
- Give yourself enough time to sleep. Don’t cheat by starting your sleep schedule super late at night – we all need different amounts of sleep, but try to aim for around 7-8 hours a night. That way, you won’t be stressing about how little time you have to sleep, because all that will do is generate the adrenaline that keeps you awake.
- Watch your consumption – maybe you’ve downed a couple energy drinks to finish that paper but now you’re wide-eyed. Maybe you’ve just had too much food, and now you have a stomach ache. Try to avoid the caffeinated drinks and large meals no matter how desperate you are before going to bed; herbal teas, such as peppermint tea, which have calming properties, are good for your pre-sleep routine.
- Avoid work before bed – try to avoid doing your homework or extra work right before sleeping, because otherwise your brain will be in a stressed and wired state that it needs time to recover from. Try to also avoid technology at least half an hour before bed, because your brain will still be hyped by all the information it has been consuming and wanting more and more. Try to do something more relaxing like reading a book or magazine or writing something.
- Finally, don’t worry about tomorrow – you cannot do anything about the loose ends and unsolved problems of today. You will never tie or solve them without resting and looking at them afresh. Tomorrow is the time to deal with them. Focus on calming yourself, having positive thoughts and getting a good night’s sleep.
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