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College Beat: 10 Tips for Better Sleep
Written by Christi Given | October 25, 2015
In college, you can have some late study nights or may just be having girl talk in your dorm room. Sometimes you are on the go, and have too much caffeine for those study sessions.
According to Everyday Health, some of the reasons you DON’T want to have a lack of sleep are your energy will drop, you will be less likely to focus and less likely to get good grades, and you will not be able to retain information as well. Some people who don’t sleep well also tend to gain weight, have worse immune systems and are more susceptible to getting sick; it can also cause a sleeping disorder.
Regardless of whether you are staying up late or just having trouble sleeping, here are some tips to be better rested and to have more success in your college career.
10 Tips for Better Sleep
1. Only drink caffeine in the morning: If you really need an afternoon boost, try juicing, and limit your sugar and caffeine after 5 p.m.
2. Study throughout the week and be proactive: Don’t cram all of your study material the night before. Try to plan ahead for exams and projects so you are more likely to be rested, healthy and prepared!
3. Try calming Sleepytime Tea: Hey, if you get rid of the coffee, it doesn’t mean you can’t have green, lemon, chamomile or some other non-caffeinated flavor of tea to calm you before you sleep.
4. Eat healthy and try to eat before 8 p.m.: If you go to bed late and eat later in the evening, then limit your dinnertime to two hours before bed.
5. Turn off technology: Many of us tend to skim through Instagram late at night or want to read our family or friends’ news feeds, but what this is doing is actually preventing the brain from going into sleep mode. This leads me into my next point of starting the REM process quicker by shutting off sources of light sooner before bedtime, so you are more likely to fall asleep easier.
6. Turn off the lights earlier: The less light, the easier it is to sleep. According to an article on NBCNews.com, “Even the light level in most living rooms (100 lux) can suppress melatonin, making it hard to sleep, reported researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in 2005.” The article gave a solution from Phyllis Zee, a professor of neurology at and director of Northwestern University’s Sleep Disorders Center: “An hour before bed, dim the lights and turn off the TV and computer, then make your bedroom as dark as possible… If outside light keeps you up, buy blackout shades.”
7. Read a good book: Preferably read a book that will feed you God’s Word. I recommend to people who cannot sleep well to read Psalm 4:8, which says, “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
8. Use a noise machine: Try using a sound machine while sleeping, which can help drown out your thoughts and can help lull you to sleep. Parents use this for babies, so hey, why not try it as an adult? Also, fans can work as well, so you are not in complete silence going to bed. This can also help drown out the noise of roomies who come in late and/or neighbors who maybe watch TV late at night and so forth.
9. Don’t overthink before bed and DO dwell on God’s truth: Remember that worry doesn’t add a day to your life, so give your issues or worries to God and rest in His supernatural peace and love. God knows every hair on your head, so don’t be afraid! (Matthew 6:34)
10. Listen to calming worship and pray: Lift up your thankfulness and praise to God before you sleep and by focusing on your blessings; you will be re-counting all the things God has done, which pleases Him. This can also make you feel His presence more, and by worshipping Him, you will be at peace. If you are distracted by lyrics or are a musician, it may not be an option for you to listen to worship right before bed, but for those who don’t mind light or soft music, this can calm some people.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
What sleep remedies help you, PI Girls? Comment below!