So far you've been welcomed home by Rene, limbered up for the many stressful months ahead with Katelynn, locked down all of your procrasti..... I mean "studying" problems with Lauren, been invited to share experiences with Anthony and empathized with Matt's post on procrastination. Let me now help you, in as many ways as possible to avoid the first obstacle that I have run into this year. SLEEP DEPRIVATION/ INSOMNIA!!!! *crickets chirp as the dreary eyed student body awaits the follow up* It's 7AM and your alarm has been kind enough to inform you that it's time to drag your ragged body from the womb and tomb that is your bed. Once the most awful series of sounds in the universe are out of our heads we can begin a new day, or at least muster the courage not to crawl back into our wonderfully warm and snuggly caves. Recently I've been having a series of bouts with insomnia resulting in my utter annihilation at the hands of a sleepless night. I found out that the root of this evil was that the pre-workout drink that I was having before running into the gym to do battle with myself was the equivalent of FIVE shots of espresso. The result was my being super stressed out at four in the morning hoping upon hope that the sandman would magically appear and throw me into a coma. For all of you suffering from similar circumstances here are some tips to help you make your way through a more peaceful night.
1. Pick a time to go to sleep every night and stick with it! Routine is everything.
2. Nighttime rituals are key for good sleep. Make nightly habits stick, a cup of tea, good book or relaxing shower before bed can work wonders.
3. Avoid lit screens such as TVs, computers, phones an hour before bed. Studies show that light from screens can cause your brain to stay awake even after you're exhausted.
4. Cut caffeine intake by noon if you can and by early evening if you can't. For obvious reasons caffeine can cause serious problems when you're trying to give your body and brain a break.
5. Keep naps, when you can achieve such blissful wonders, to a maximum of 30 minutes or you risk being unable to sleep later and in my experience longer naps will cause you to wake up extremely groggy and once you are awake you cannot get to sleep until far too late later on.
I hope these tips will help you find peace when it comes time for you to enjoy a well-deserved slumber. In the meantime if you'd like a lot more tips and ways to improve sleep check out this article.
your friend in sleepless nights, Will C