With the end of the semester looming and finals approaching, it’s not exactly easy for college students to get enough sleep. Somehow, reviewing those notes one last time or perfecting your procrastinating skills on Facebook always seem to take preference over getting the recommended eight hours of shut-eye. Try out these tips for a better sleep schedule:
1. Set a regular bedtime
In order to train your body to go to sleep, you will need to get into the routine of going to bed at the same time every night. The same rule applies to the time you wake up each morning. If at all possible, try not to deviate from your sleeping routine on weekends – it will just make it harder to get back on track come Monday morning.
2. Create a nighttime ritual
Another way to train your body to feel tired is to go through the same ritual each evening. Whether it’s washing your face, getting into your pajamas, brushing your teeth or reading a book, repeating these activities nightly before you hit the hay will help you relax and signal to your brain that it’s time to wind down.
3. Don’t eat before bed
Eating food or drinking liquids right before bed can cause heartburn and indigestion once you lie down, making it more difficult to fall asleep. Try to stop eating at least three hours before you plan to go to climb into bed. However, if you’re so hungry that your stomach is keeping you awake, it’s OK to munch on a small snack.
4. Designate sleeping space
If you use your bedroom for studying, watching TV, paying bills and any number of other activities besides sleeping, it will make it difficult to turn off your brain once you’re ready to go to bed. If you keep daytime activities to other areas of your home, it will be easier to fall asleep at night.