Struggling to sleep? Here’s some tips!
With late nights on the weekends, and early morning lectures on the weekdays it can be hard to adjust to a sleeping schedule. As someone who struggles with sleeping, I am constantly finding new ways to try to drift off so that I’ll be awake for the next day.
Here are some tips I have compiled to help rid you of those sleepless nights:
- Headspace– I was sceptical at first about using an app to help me go to bed. It seemed to be too easy a method to make me tired. However, after a pretty awful week of falling asleep during lectures and seminars I was told by my flatmate that it was worth investing into a free trial of the app. Both easy to use and versatile, the app has methods of helping you wake up and cool down. Sleepcasts have been especially helpful recently. With the option to place emphasis on voice or ambience- it suits the needs to the individual, focusing on breathing first and then calmly speaking through a visual.
- Exercise– Whilst during lockdown this has essentially been quite hard to do (with gyms closed), exercise is something that helps the body to relax after a stressful day. Be it a walk around campus, or a cardio session found on YouTube in the comfort of your own room; exercise releases all the left-over energy from the day. Yoga too can provide a sense of calmness both physically and mentally which are the perfect conditions for a good nights sleep.
- Night tea– Ditch the caffeine! One common mistake I make a few times a week is to wake myself up in the morning with a cup of tea or a coffee. For the rest of the day I’m buzzing and then suddenly I crash halfway through. Instead of trying to increase the energy in your body in the morning why not try something that could help you sleep a little better. Teas such as chamomile, green (decaf) tea, peppermint and lavender contain ingredients that decrease anxiety. With both health benefits and the possibility of a full 8 hours of sleep they are worth a go!
- Eye masks and ear plugs– With paper thin walls separating the rooms in the flats sometimes the noise can be frustrating when you have a 9am seminar the next morning. Ear plugs are essential if you’re a light sleeper to stop the noise from outside keeping you up. Whilst eye masks aren’t for everyone (I’m terrified of forgetting that I have an eye mask on in the morning and thinking I can’t see anything) , these too can help to create the right setting for a rest.
- Avoid taking long naps– While occasionally you need to take a power nap to reset after a long day of working, sometimes this can completely disrupt your bodies schedule. Napping can make you feel worse especially when you wake up feeling groggy and more sleepy than you were before. Whilst short power naps are okay and can even boost creativity, try to wait until the evening before getting back into bed.
Whilst university is unpredictable and sometimes you can’t help staying up till the early morning, hopefully these tips can help you to get back on track throughout the week!