How to Get the Sleep You Need

How to Get the Sleep You Need

Sleep makes the world go round. It is also one of the most essential things any human or animal can do. It is just as important, if not more important than food. With school, homework, jobs and social lives existing. It is harder than ever to get that sleep that is so needed. The point is you don’t have to suffer with your lack of sleep. You can always get a good night sleep and/or stave off that tiredness that plagues you.

 

Fact: sleep makes you perform much better in school and in life. Sleep is hard to obtain throughout the school year, however, there are ways to more or less cheat through your lack of sleep. You can trick your mind into thinking it got a good night’s sleep or just genuinely get more sleep. There are also ways to fall asleep faster. Outlined in this article will be ways to do both so you can get your sleep and (hopefully) never feel tired.

 

If you have a hard time staying awake during the day, being healthy is one of the best ways to not be tired throughout the day. Eat your fruits and veggies while holding off on the junk food. Get plenty of exercise throughout the day while you are at it. Remember that it has to be a daily thing. If you are healthy your mind will be more alert and therefore more awake.

 

Another way of staying awake is caffeine. There are quite a few ways to get caffeine which can range from cheap to expensive. Keep in mind that the half-life (the time it takes for half the effect to wear off) of caffeine is 4 to 6 hours. In other words, it can take up to 14 hours for caffeine to leave your body. Another thing to note is that at certain times caffeine’s effects are reduced. The best time to ingest caffeine is between 9:30 and 11:30 AM, however, that is likely not possible due to school. Between 8-9 AM is when we are most alert so having caffeine at that time would be a waste. Also try to wait until you’ve been awake for at least an hour before you have some.

 

Falling asleep can either be easy, or really difficult. A way to fall asleep easier is to turn off electronics or anything with bright lights 30 minutes before bed. Unnatural lights trick your mind into thinking that it is daytime. Reading a book can help relax your mind so go ahead and do that soon before bed. Create a “ritual” that you can do every night before bed. It will prepare your mind for sleep if done daily. Don’t exercise heavily before bed. It makes your mind and body more awake, thus it will be harder to fall asleep.

 

Quite a few people shower at night. Showering before bed helps you sleep. Taking a hot/warm shower will make your body temperature drop after the shower, which results in your melatonin levels rising. Melatonin helps you relax and sleep. If you shower in the morning, try to have it cold. The cold water will wake you up, so use that when you have your morning shower.

Sleep is difficult to obtain, so get as much as you can at any time. Try some of these techniques, and see what works for you. What works for some people doesn’t always work for others so don’t be disappointed if a technique doesn’t work. Do your best to not be tired so you can perform much better in school. Hope these tips help!