As the new school year finally becomes a reality, many of us are seesawing between the excitement to be back and the dread. Sleeping schedules, for example, can be a major factor in the dread of actually being back. Returning from summer and heading back into classes, meetings and practices means that your body needs to either revert back to, or adjust to, different habits in order to have the energy needed to make it through the day.
Rearranging to a proper sleep schedule is entirely beneficial to each person, but is also a daunting task. After the sleepless nights and late mornings of the summer, getting back into a pattern that is well suited for school can often be difficult, but is essential, not only to get through your day, but also to stay as physically and mentally healthy as possible.
Sleep deprivation is a habit that is adopted from this lack of sleep and lack of a proper transition into a healthy sleeping schedule. Sleep deprivation can not only increase the chances of irritability and muscle soreness, but also the risk of certain heart diseases, weight gain, stroke, injury, emotional disorders, decreased memory and even more. This is why it is so important to keep a steady sleeping schedule. Your body is not like a tank of gas that can just be “refilled” after one good night of sleep.
The struggle to achieve this practice must be thought out on many different levels and is hard to do on one’s own. There are certain tips to help the process of creating new habits of slumber.
It is important to avoid most stimulants entirely throughout the second half of your day. Obviously, it isn’t the best idea to drink a cup of coffee before bed if you are trying to sleep, however, it is a smarter option than stimulants like caffeine, which can stay with you for up to ten hours!
Make your bedroom sacred! Sometimes tricking your brain is all that you need to be able to get right to sleep. This means avoid doing regular daytime tasks in your room so that once you enter your bedroom, your body recognizes that it’s time to sleep. This can be hard in a college dorm, where your living room is your bedroom, but this can be altered to just avoiding tasks in bed. Eat in Patriot instead of your room, do your homework in the library and go outside when hanging out with friends! The environment change will make your body wind down when you go back to your room.
The best way to set your sleep schedule is having a permanent internal clock set. This means waking up at the same time and at least attempting to go to bed at the same time every night. Also, minimizing naps throughout the day is something that will keep your sleep schedule more consistent.
The college dorm life is one that may not be conductive to the perfect sleeping arrangements, however these few tips can make life easier when referring to sleeping habits.