Dragging yourself through first period doesn’t have to be the norm. In
fact, getting more sleep and better sleep is actually pretty darn cinchy. Don’t
believe us? Here are three ways to add more quality S-L-E-E-P to your daily
#1: Go to sleep 10 minutes early
every day for one week
Think about it: Ten minutes is so
not a big deal. But if you go to sleep 10 minutes early every day for a
week, by Sunday evening, you’re racking up an extra hour of snooze time. And that’s a big deal. So log off Facebook,
say see-ya to Instagram for eight or nine hours and go visit the Sandman. Trust
us, what seems minor this week will be huge next week, when you’re suddenly not
a zombie during school.
#2: Take 10 minutes to write
down everything you’re thinking about
Most of what keeps us awake when we turn out the light are thoughts
about the previous 24 hours and what’s coming up tomorrow and for the rest of
the week. We consider drama, homework, afterschool activities, family issues,
snappy retorts we should have said to our frenemies during lunch, thesis
statements for that lit essay due next week—everything aside from counting
sheep. Try decompressing on paper for 10 scribble-heavy minutes. Get everything
out so you’re left thinking about, well, nothing. Hello, zen place.
#3: Sit quietly for 10 minutes
before getting ready for zzz’s
You can call it meditation. You can call it a time-in. You can call it
quiet time. Whatever you label it, we want you to spend a speedy 10 minutes in
a dim or dark room, sitting comfortably with your muscles relaxed, breathing
deeply and thinking positive thoughts about the day and the coming hours.
Breathe out your stress and consider soothing thoughts. Set your phone alarm
for 10 minutes, and when it goes off, get into your jammies, turn down the bed,
brush your teeth and wash your face. It’s time to snooze!
What is your bedtime routine?
Tell us in the comments!
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 4/28/2014 3:50:00 PM
POSTED IN I can't fall asleep, always tired, sleep tips, get more sleep