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How To Get Better Sleep as a Student

It can be challenging to get the rest you need if you're in college. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule can be next to impossible if you're trying to juggle late-night study sessions and early classes.

Date:   4/22/2022 11:28:32 PM   ( 4 mon ) ... viewed 27 times

It can be challenging to get the rest you need if you're in college. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule can be next to impossible if you're trying to juggle late-night study sessions and early classes.

If you don't get the rest your body needs, your grades won't be the only thing that suffers. Your health may also be negatively impacted, causing you to suffer from a range of ailments, including the inability to concentrate, weight gain, and a weakened immune system. The following tips can help you get better sleep.

Get on a Schedule

With the hustle and bustle of busy college life, it may be difficult to maintain a daily sleep schedule. However, if you make it a goal to start going to bed and waking up at the same times every day, you'll soon discover that your body will get used to this habit. It will naturally become tired and alert at set times. Try to stick to this schedule on holidays and weekends, as consistency is essential.

If you find that you can't sleep because you're worried about passing exams or finding the best student loan refinance lenders, consider trying melatonin. Your body naturally produces this hormone but adding supplements may help if you're having trouble falling asleep.

Avoid Taking Naps

Even if you're tired, you should avoid taking naps, especially if it's later in the day. However, if you think you need a rest, a short 20-minute power snooze may help you get re-energized. Make sure you take a nap at least six hours before your scheduled bedtime.

Instead of sleeping during the day, consider some other possibilities. For instance, a short walk can get your blood pumping and give you an energy boost. Indulging in healthy snacks such as peanut butter or yogurt may also help. Additionally, doing the same task for hours, such as studying, can become monotonous. To help you stay alert, switch up what you're doing or take a break.

Create a Bedtime Routine

A relaxing routine can help you unwind before going to bed by alerting your mind that it's time to switch from day to night. It allows your brain to separate the hectic daytime schedule from the quiet nighttime routine. Consider engaging in calming activities such as reading, watching TV, or listening to soothing music.

Alternatively, it's in your best interest to avoid stimulating activities, including using your phone or doing homework. Most people think that scrolling through social media or playing games on their phones is relaxing; however, these activities actually wake up the mind rather than help it calm down.

If you're like most people, you likely consider your phone to be an extension of yourself, and you feel lost without it. At the first buzz or beep, you probably hurry to check the notification. This scenario becomes problematic if you're trying to sleep. To avoid the desire to check your phone, turn it on silent and place it out of your reach. You'll be surprised at how much of a difference a night without your phone's distractions can make.

Avoid Caffeine at Night

Many students live on caffeine to get through those stressful college days. However, you should avoid drinking coffee, tea, soda, or anything else with caffeine at least six hours before your bedtime, as it can stay in your system for up to five hours. If you don't stop ingesting this stimulant, it may affect your sleep quality and quantity.

Don't let fatigue ruin your college experience. Getting consistent quality rest can help you conquer your coursework with ease. You'll also have the energy needed to participate in non-academic clubs, where you may develop lifelong friendships.

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