How To Catch Zs Properly
As uni and life becomes increasingly stressful, it’s more important than ever to take the time to rest and recharge over a good night’s sleep. Here are AccSoc’s top tips on maintaining the sleep hygiene you need to stay in tip-top shape mentally and physically.
Train yourself to associate bed with sleep
We get it, your bed is where you lounge and snack, catch up on Youtube videos and check all social media. However in doing this, the association of your bed as being a sleep haven weakens and alongside the artificial light produced by screens, sleep becomes harder and harder to attain. So, next time, make the sofa your place to browse Netflix and turn off all devices before settling into bed.
Sleep only when you’re actually tired
Maintain a consistent sleep schedule
Sleep only when you need to. If you’re having trouble sleeping, regulate your breathing pattern according to the popular 4-7-8 method: breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 and exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds. But if you’re still finding it hard to fall asleep after 20 mins, get out of bed and into another room to read, stretch or listen to music until you become tired enough to sleep.
Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day sets the body’s "internal clock" to expect sleep at a certain time every night. Create a routine that your body recognises to wind down such as light stretches, meditation or light reading. Sticking to a consistent sleep schedule is one of the best ways to practise good sleep hygiene.