Improving Sleep Habits

February 18, 2021

Hannah Krohn
Staff Writer

Having a hard time falling asleep? Still tired after you wake up from a full night’s rest? Here are some tips and strategies that can help improve your sleep.

  • Develop a routine to help you fall asleep. Some people read before bed. I personally listen to an audiobook in bed until I get tired. Find what works for you.

  • About an hour before you intend to go to bed, switch to doing relaxing things that you enjoy. This means that doing classwork and studying until you fall asleep is not the best idea.

  • For the best sleep, you should not do your homework or work in your bed. This is because your bed is a place that is supposed to be relaxing. For me, studying for an exam and doing homework is anything but relaxing.

  • If you find yourself thinking of what you need to do when you are trying to fall asleep, write it down. This way your to-do list is not buzzing around in your head.

  • Screens that emit “blue light” have a negative impact on falling and staying asleep.

  • Turn off the volume on your phone. You can also put your phone screen down so that the light cannot wake you or disturb your sleep.

  • If you are sensitive to noise, you can get something that provides constant sound, like a white noise machine or even a fan. This decreases the likelihood of an abrupt sound disturbing your sleep.

  • For the best sleep, studies have shown the most important thing is consistency. This means going to bed and waking up at the same time as much as possible.

  • Light sensitivity can make this difficult. One way to help with this is to get blackout curtains, which block out sunlight and will allow you to go to bed earlier during the summer.

  • For the opposite problem in the winter, use a Sunlight Alarm Clock. This type of clock slowly increases the light in your room to wake you up as if the sun is rising.

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