Do you constantly feel tired? Do you hit the snooze button every morning, multiple times? If this description describes you, don’t worry — you’re just like everyone else. Unless you are following a very strict sleep schedule — and sticking to it — you’re probably not getting enough sleep. There are a bunch of things that really mess up your ability to get a good night’s sleep, but they are simple and easy to fix! Here are some great sleep tips!
Certain foods can negatively affect your sleep, such as sugar and caffeine. Your last cup of coffee for the day should be at least six hours before you plan on going to bed. That way, the caffeine will definitely leave your system when you’re ready to snooze. Also, try to not have any sugar within 2-3 hours of going to sleep, which is also better for your metabolism (and waist line)!
Studying late at night definitely affects your sleep. If you study right before you go to bed, your brain will be amped up, and you won’t be able to relax. Give yourself at least an hour in-between studying and sleep so your brain can unwind.
Electronics, such as laptops and cellphones, can negatively impact your sleep because certain electronics emit blue light, which reminds our brains of sunlight. So if you’re a late-night texter, or if you like to watch Netflix before bed, that actually wakes your brain up and will not help you fall asleep.
If you often take naps, no wonder you can’t fall asleep at night! Sure, when you’re exhausted, a nap is amazing, but taking a two-hour nap at 5pm won’t help you going to sleep at 11pm. Fight the urge to skip that nap, and you’ll have an easier time falling asleep—and staying asleep—at night.
A study done by the National Sleep Foundation found that young adults and adults, ages 18-64, require 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Now, admit it, when was the last time you were able to get nine hours of sleep? I can’t remember! Those numbers aren’t outrageous, but now young people are working outrageous hours because of school and classes, work and homework. Therefore, it’s nearly impossible to set aside nine hours of sleep—not even eight hours! It is certainly a challenge to get to bed at a reasonable hour, which makes it harder to wake up in the morning.
Also, maintaining a consistent sleep schedule is very important for a healthy sleep cycle. This means you should try to get into bed and wake up at the same time every day. If you wake up at 6 AM during the week, and sleep in till noon on the weekend – well that extra sleep may feel great, but it’s not good for you. You may find come Sunday night, it’s harder to fall asleep and Monday morning is going to be even more brutal than usual.
Sleep needs to be made a priority! Fix those little problems that are messing up your sleep schedule, and you’ll be rested and ready to conquer the world in no time.