Student life is one big juggling act. Uni work, actual work, family, friends, relationships, looking after your health and trying to have a good sleeping pattern. It’s not easy. But as it’s World Sleep Day I thought I’d share some top tips on how you can get your sleeping pattern back on track. Going to bed at a reasonable time isn’t easy when uni life is so busy, and it’s even harder if you suffer with anxiety. But these small tweaks could make all the difference:
1. Try and stick to a sleep schedule
Why not use the bedtime setting on your iPhone to send you a reminder when it’s nearly time to catch some z’s. Getting into a regular routine will help to adjust your body clock.
2. Avoid naps
If you struggle sleeping at night, try and avoid sleeping in the day. After your 9am lecture it’s hard to resist going back to bed, but don’t give in as it could make all the difference.
3. Practise a relaxing bedtime ritual
Whether it’s lighting a candle for an hour before bed, reading, using a meditating app, having a hot bubble bath or using a calming pillow mist... find your favourite relaxation method and give yourself some time to switch off.
4. Exercise daily
As well as being great for your mental health, exercising regularly can also help with your sleeping pattern. Vigorous exercise is best, but even a gentle jog is better than nothing.
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