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School is starting! Here's how to get a great night's sleep every. single. time.

 
Summer schedules are the best. Sitting by the fire until all hours, catching up on your shows and getting struck by midnight room redecoration inspo are all par for the course...and end up seriouly messing with your sleep. Soon, though, school will be starting—meaning you won't be able to snooze until noon to catch up on missed zzz's. Check out these no-fail tips to help you fall asleep faster and get yourself ready to rock that 7a.m. alarm.

Maintain a sleep schedule

Get in sync with your body’s sleep cycle. First, see how long you need to sleep to feel energetic (note: this doesn't mean you're bounding out of bed in the morning, just that you feel well-rested and ready to take on the day). Then, plan to sleep that many hours every night, leaving yourself half an hour after you hop in bed to drift off. Don't ruin the schedule with naps or extra-long weekend sleep-ins, though—you'll end up regretting it.

Unplug

Drop the iPhone! Try not to look at any screens (including your phone or TV) for a full hour before bed. It may be tempting to catch a quick hour of your fave show on Netflix or update your Facebook status, but the artificial light created by computers, cell phones and other electronics suppresses your body’s melatonin production, making it more difficult to fall asleep.

Get out of bed

Find your mind spinning with thoughts and emotions? This might seem counterintuitive, but it’s time to take a break and get out of your room. Taking a little walk or reading a book or magazine in another location can help relax and ease your mind.

Meditate

Take a few moments to meditate and practice deep breathing. Meditation helps quiet and calm the brain, preparing it for sleep and relaxation. Ahhh.....


How do you get your sleep schedule back in business for BTS? What helps you fall asleep? Let us know below!

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by Samantha Subin | 2/1/2016
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