Nowadays it seems like no one gets enough of sleep. We’re staying up late doing last-minute homework or our mind is roaming around to different thoughts, making it difficult to sleep. Much similar to Oedipus at Colonus, he continues to roam around the land despite how weary and tired he is. Getting enough of sleep traces back to time management. Let’s face it, right when we get home we go straight to the coach to turn on the TV and watch a myriad amount of shows, or we go straight to our room to what was supposed to be a five-minute nap turned into 2-3 hours. After spending hours at school, the last thing we want to do is to sit down and finish our homework for the day. Each day is like an uphill battle, it only gets more difficult and frustrating as we near our way to the top.
Here are some tips for sleeping earlier and getting a goodnight’s rest:
1. Allow your body to digest. Avoid eating two hours within your bed time. It takes a lot of energy for your body to digest your food and will make it difficult to sleep.
2. Fight food-coma lounging. Instead of getting yourself comfortable on the couch after eating a big meal, get off the couch and get your mind distracted: getting your clothes ready for the next day, taking a shower, or finishing your chores.
3. Read a book. This is where your textbooks come in handy. An informative book will loosen the grip on your book and will help your eyelids get heavy. Before you know it, you’ll be asleep before getting to the end of the page. If you are reading a page turner, make it your day-time read.
4. Wake up earlier. By the end of a long day, you will tire out and it’ll be easier to sleep early. Get in the habit of waking up early so that you can sleep at a reasonable time.
5. Do not procrastinate. Yes, it’s easier said than done; but by doing so, you won’t believe the amount of extra time you’ll have left. Imagine all the wee bit hours you spend social networking, when you can be using that time to do your homework. By using your time wisely, you will be finished with your homework and be left with extra time you never knew you had. More time and more sleep?! Yes please!
6. Turn it off. You may think that by surfing the web and browsing through your phone will allow you to fall asleep faster…*buzzer* wrong! The bright light emitted from your phone/computer stimulates the mind, therefore, makes it harder to fall asleep. An hour before your bedtime, get rid of all electronics and let your mind, body, and soul take over.
7. Lights off. Minimal lighting is ideal for a bedroom setting. Let out your nocturnal self and get rid of as much light as possible-closing the curtains, stuffing towels under the door, and turning off any blinking electronics that happen to be in the room. You’ll be enveloped by darkness and soon enough, you’ll be out.
8. Tranquility is key. Stress and anxiety are factors that can make it difficult to sleep. Drink a cup of decaf tea and allow the tea to erase the stress and anxiety that you may have. In a state of tranquility, going to sleep is more enjoyable and is easier to fall asleep.
9. Sleep cycle. Create your own sleeping schedule by sleeping at a certain time and waking up at a certain time. Your body grows accustomed to repetition. If you sleep late and have trouble sleeping early, sleep 30 minutes earlier and wake up 30 minutes earlier and continue subtracting 30 minutes each day until you have your designated times.
10. Wrinkle free. Double up on your pillows and sleep on your back. By sleeping on your side, you apply pressure on your face in an upward force, creating wrinkles. Also, sleeping on your back allows even blood circulation, which means…puffiness no more! You’ll see a decrease of puffiness in your eyes and the bags under your eyes are less visible. The benefits you can achieve from one simple switch…what a steal.
By following these tips, I hope you all get enough sleep and have a wonderful night’s rest! With enough sleep, you will be more energized and feel more youthful. All of this talk about sleep makes me want to…Zzz
– Angie 🙂