Struggling to get some sleep in the city that never does? Brushing your teeth on the way to Silver because you slept through all 7 of you alarms? Worrying about midterms because all your notes look like ZzZZzZZzzs? Well you aren’t the only one! Thirty-six percent of 18-29 year olds have difficulty getting up in the morning, 22% are late to school or work due to sleepiness, and 40% sleep at school or work at least two days a week. These stats are no fun. But you know what is? A good sleep cycle! These tips can get you to where you need to go:
- Try not to exercise close to bedtime; experts suggest no stimulating activity for at least 3 hours before you hit head to pillow.
- Don’t eat a heavy meal late in the day. A light nom before bedtime, however, may help you sleep.
- Obvz avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and can keep you from falling asleep. Alcohol can cause waking in the night and interferes with sleep quality.
- Avoid using your bed for anything other than sleep or sex… desks are for books, beds are for bodies.
- Although they are tempting try not to take naps during the day because naps may make you less sleepy at night.
- Follow a routine to help relax and wind down before sleep. Try reading a book (not in bed), listening to music, or something else not overly stimulating.