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How to get my sleep back on track?

By Anonymous October 4, 2014 - 3:57pm
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I'm a college student and my sleep schedule is completely messed up. Whenever I try to sleep earlier, it doesn't work. I just end up staying awake until 4 a.m., then I feel tired during the day. Do you have any recommendations for getting it back on track besides sleeping earlier?

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Hi Anon and thanks for your question.

Yes, there are several things that you can do to get better sleep besides changing the time you go to bed.

Dr. Carrie Jones, an EmpowHER contributor, suggests the following: If you aren’t getting at least seven hours of sleep then please work on your sleep hygiene. Start winding yourself down at a decent hour and get off the computer. Make sure to have a small protein snack especially if you have hypoglycemia tendencies. Take a relaxing lavender bath and drink night-time tea with relaxing herbs. Write down your worries, fears, and to-do list before you go to bed so you don’t spend the night spinning about everything.

The medical term for sleep deprivation is insomnia, and you can also find more suggestions for improving your sleep in our Insomnia Community.

Will you try some of these suggestions and let us know how you do? College life can be very stressful and a good night's sleep is vital. Hope this helps!



October 5, 2014 - 11:33am
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