Sleep: every college student’s best friend. Although this activity is envied by most college students, it rarely comes in good moderation. Getting a full night’s rest is an essential if you are trying to maintain a healthy, productive lifestyle.
Going to bed at a feasible time every night sounds like an easy task, but it can actually be tougher than you think. Constantly trying to meet deadlines, complete homework assignments, as well as maintaining somewhat of a social life, getting a good night’s sleep is probably the last thing that you prioritize.
You have probably all heard this before, but it is recommended that young adults should get about eight hours of solid sleep every night. You probably also know that this isn’t usually the case, especially in college. If you are feeling like you are not getting enough sleep, and are looking to change that, you have come to the right place!
Create A Routine
Creating a routine, and following it on a regular basis is an awesome way to get a better night’s sleep. For those of you that have IOS 10, there is an awesome new feature called “bedtime”, which sets an alarm for when you should go to bed according to when you want to wake up to get a full nights rest… does that make sense? This feature is a great way to make sure that you are hitting the sheets at the same time every day.
Your routine should include all of the things that you normally do before bed each night. My routine usually consists of cleaning my room, packing my backpack for the following morning, washing my face, brushing my teeth, completing some odds and ends, and of course- getting in bed.
Try to mold your nighttime routine into a habit. Start your routine at the same time every day and complete the tasks in the same order every day. This will help your internal clock- if you go to bed at the same time every night, your body will eventually know when it is time to slow down and get some rest.
Prep For A Better Tomorrow
Something I seriously love to do every night is visualize the next day in my mind. This helps me organize my thoughts and figure out exactly what I need to do the following day. I usually create an internal to-do list every night when I am laying in bed.
Along with the to-do list prep comes some small odds and ends that I do every night before bed. Checking the weather for the following day and selecting an outfit to wear has helped me SO much. I am a disaster when it comes to deciding what to wear, so having this picked out ahead of time leads me to less stress and let’s be honest, a much cleaner room.
One of the last things I like to prep before I go to bed is the breakfast that I will be eating the following morning. Even if it is something as simple as a bowl of oatmeal, leaving out a bowl, utensil, and the ingredients the night before can be very helpful and ease your mind of stress when you are falling asleep!
Take Some Time To De-Stress
Stress is sleep’s worst enemy. Whenever I feel stressed I can barely get any sleep. Following all of the “prepping” steps, I just listed as well as taking some “you” time every night before bed can help to limit stress a TON. Having some tea and leaving myself enough time to read a bit before bed every night helps me fizzle away all of the stress that is constantly floating around in my head.
Get Rid Of Your Phone
This is probably one of the toughest things to do when it comes to trying to get a good night’s sleep. Aside from utilizing your device to set an alarm, you should really shut it off when you are getting ready for bed. Phones are a huge distraction! I know personally, I could sit on Pinterest every night before bed for hours and hours on end. I like to leave my phone on the opposite side of my room at night so that I cannot hit the snooze button in the morning and so that when I am in the process of trying to fall asleep, I am not distracted by it.
What do you do when you are struggling to get a good night’s rest? Let me know in the comments below!