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The Importance of Sleep

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Fran Hughes | Film and Literature Contact Fran
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Creating a good sleep routine in this stressful  pandemic can help you stay calm and have some reassuring control of your own life when everything else in the world is so uncertain.

Sleep is so important for wellbeing, health and energy levels. For adults, a minimum of seven hours of sleep is recommended to properly function the following day. The maximum is nine In normal times a lot of students do not get this suggested amount of sleep. I personally need around eight and a half hours to have a productive day.

.However, If you neglect sleep, you are neglecting yourself. Without a good amount of sleep, you cannot function and be alert ready to start the day. 

It is important to go to bed at a regular, reasonable time. Do not find yourself subconsciously going to bed later each night, this is revenge bedtime procrastination and it will ruin both your sleep routine and. It is a form of self-sabotage that refers to staying up late into the night when busy or stressed in order to regain a sense of personal freedom. Although this is understandable in a pandemic it is not worth the long term damage.

Understanding sleep cycles

Knowing how sleep cycles work can prevent you from feeling overtired when you wake up.  Sleep cycles are usually ninety minutes long and waking up at the end of one will ensure you feel refreshed and ready for the day ahead. Getting seven and a half hours or nine hours means that will wake up at the end of your sleep cycle. 

Ways to create an effective sleep routine

Listening

Listening to audiobooks can help you relax and unwind from the stresses of the dsy at night by getting lost in a distracting story. You can do this on the app Libby if you have a local library card and log in with your Library. If audiobooks are not your thing listening to a Harry Styles give guided sleep meditation on the calm app might make you relaxed enough to finally fall asleep. 

scents

Some people regularly use a scented sleep spray or lavender on their pillow to help ease them into sleep. As incense and candles aren’t allowed into student accommodation for safety reasons, this could be a good alternative in creating a relaxing atmosphere both at university and at home.

Setting a bed time

Going to bed time at the same time every night can help your body start to create a natural body clock. If you go to bed at a particular time regularly you will eventually get sleepy around that time and you might naturally start to wake up at the same time. Doing this should also increase your energy levels.

Wake up/light alarm clocks

Getting a wake up light alarm can help you ease you into the day with a gradual glowing light rather than the loud buzz of a standard alarm clock.

I hope this blog post gave you some tips to sleep better during this difficult time. The importance of sleep for all areas of life should not be underestimated!

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Fran Hughes | Film and Literature Contact Fran
Film and TV studies, English Literature, Warwick Widening Participation, Disablity/Accessibility…
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