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Get your sleep cycle back on track


Summer is a time of lazy wake-up calls, long nights with your ladies and staying up 'til dawn...then sleeping way past noon. And while that's all well and good, when it comes to making it to the bus stop by seven, those summer sleep habits aren't exactly your BFF. Here's how to revamp your sleep cycle right now so you can catch the zzz's ya need to hit the halls like the top dog you are.

 

Start slow

Switching from a 2 a.m. bedtime to 10 p.m. in one night will just have ya laying in bed, twiddling your thumbs for hours on end. Instead, slowly dial back your bedtime, hour by hour, 'til your back to BTS normal.

 

Work it

Time to get off your booty! Burning some energy during the day will have you ready to go to sleep at a (gasp!) reasonable hour. Dial up a sweat sesh with your darlins, help mom clean the attic and for goodness sake, don't give in to nap time!

 

Wind down

An hour 'til bed is not the right time for a Starbucks trip with your big sis. Cut out the sugar and caffeine binges several hours before bed, and hey, take it easy! Once the sun sets, forget the cardio and opt for yoga if you need a little exercise. The idea is to prep your body for sleep time rather than get yourself keyed up.

 

Make your room distraction free

Blinking lights, buzzing phones and tablets just calling your name--not conducive to hitting the hay. Make your bed a place for sleep only. That means no cuddling up with your laptop or textig for hours with your buds. This way, when you lay down and pull up the covers, you'll be signalling to your brain that it's mission: sleep. 

 

 

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