Sleep. We all need it (and more often than not, we need more than we get!).
While the definition of a good night’s sleep varies depending on the individual, one thing we all have in common is that a restful night’s slumber is the difference between us firing on all cylinders or struggling through the day.
Poor sleep habits can deprive us of performing at our best. Yet many students find themselves extremely sleep deprived, particularly those juggling work, parenting responsibilities and family commitments.
This week (4-10 July) is Sleep Awareness week. It’s worth taking stock and using this as an opportunity to reflect on our own sleep habits – and ideally, change our ways so we get more ZZZs!
Here are three tips to help you get a better night’s sleep…
Stick to a nightly routine
A nightly routine shouldn’t be onerous. Include activities you enjoy, such as taking a warm bath or shower, reading a book (not study related), or listening to music. Doing the same thing each evening sends signals to your body that it’s time to wind down – in turn promoting better sleep by easing the transition between being fully awake and drowsy.
Switch off and relax
Our lives are busy and we often find our minds are occupied from the moment we wake until we drift off to sleep. It’s important to allow time to wind down in the evening. Make a conscious effort to switch off electronic devices and take a moment to reflect on your day – congratulate yourself on what you’ve achieved, rather than worry about tomorrow’s work, study and family commitments. Some people find meditation or listening to soothing music helps, while others prefer to simply get lost in their thoughts. Whatever works for you.
Keep the same hours
As kids, many of our parents enforced a strict bedtime – believe it or not they were on to something! Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day (this includes weekends) reinforces your body's natural sleep-wake cycle and encourages a better night’s rest. Remember, you’re never too old for a bedtime!
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