Getting the right amount of shut-eye when you’re a student can be a tricky task. There’s halls of residence distractions and late nights for essay deadlines. A good night’s sleep is so important for managing stress, enjoying good mental health and boosting your energy. Put into place the following healthy habits to sleep better and wake up feeling brighter.
Sleep before midnight is vital for optimising health, energy levels and wellbeing. It might not be possible every night but try to commit to a 10pm bedtime a couple of nights a week. Early to bed, early to rise.
Take regular breaks
You might do long hours working on assignments or attending back-to-back lectures, but take conscious breaks from all work, particularly screenwork and phones, at regular intervals throughout the day. Changing channels mentally, physically and emotionally every hour or so will help you focus.
Stay well hydrated, eat healthily and minimise caffeine particularly after 3pm. Put the pot noodle down.
Sleep your way
Find what works for you. If you need a little spritz of pillow spray or a hug from a weighted blanket at bedtime, add that in to your pre-bed routine. Everybody is different when it comes to sleep, so spend some time finding the solution that benefits your snooze.
Calm pre-sleep anxiety
Student life can be stressful so it’s useful to practice deep breathing techniques, meditation, or pre-sleep yoga for 10-20 minutes before you get into bed. Write a journal before you turn your lights out and list all of the worries, fears and anxieties that you’re feeling.