5 Ways to Improve Your Sleeping Quality
It’s a common dilemma that students face — not enough sleep. Between homework, extra-curricular activities, and the all-encompassing social network Facebook, a student has little time for sleep, and it often shows in the morning.
Unfortunately for us, a lack of sleep can lead to numerous short and long-term health and or psychological problems, affecting every aspect of your life. Fortunately, there are ways to ensure you get the most restful night of sleep possible in whatever amount of time you have.
Sounds like an odd thing to do when you’re trying to get more sleep, doesn’t it? Do more work. Actually, by picking up after yourself every night, you’ll dramatically reduce the amount that builds up. Going to bed in a clean area every night will make you feel more relaxed, and will improve your mood in the morning. And, you won’t have to schedule weekly (monthly?) clean-ups, because it’ll be clean all the time. It’s a good habit to get into, not just for sleeping habits.
Your sleeping habits are just as important as your sleeping environment. You have a body clock, which, like a mechanical clock, works in a set manner. But you can also change your body clock, like daylight savings. By going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, your body will learn that at, say 11pm, it’s time to go to bed, and at 7am, you should wake up again. Obviously, your study commitments may not agree with this, but that’s where advance planning comes in. With careful consideration, you should be able to complete your assignments before your set time every night.
Relax before you go to bed
What do you know, watching a horror show before bed doesn’t calm you down. No, what you really need is an entertaining book, nothing too heavy (and no hardbacks, just in case), soft music, light stretches, or anything else that isn’t too stimulating. You don’t want to be thinking non-stop before you go to bed, or else you’ll never sleep.
Psychologically relax, as well
While we’re thinking about it, stop worrying. Stop thinking about it, whatever is doing your head in, because there’s nothing you can do about it till tomorrow anyway. Why bother stressing over something you can’t control. If you can’t get it out of your head, trying writing it down in a journal.
Wear yourself out
I don’t want you getting physically exhausted here, but some exercise in the afternoon will help you settle down later on in the day. If you’re having trouble getting to bed at the right time, or sleeping for long enough, it may be that you just have too much energy. Like a dog runs around for hours, then eventually collapses, this may be what you need. However, everything in moderation, of course.
That’s it. Nothing too revolutionary, but some things you should definitely put into practice. Is there anything else you do before you go to bed that helps? Let us know in the comments.