As a busy student and insomniac, I definitely don’t get enough sleep. But I cherish every moment of the sleep I do get. Some nights it’s a Fight Club-esque insomniac night, and other nights it’s a late homework or stressed induced sleepless night–buuut this semester in particular I’ve been trying to get a decent amount of sleep every night to be attentive for internship, class, and my general well-being.
I found a recent Huffington Post article An Easy Trick for Better Sleep that gives some advice on how to get a good night’s sleep:
The ideal sleep environment soothes all of your body’s senses, easing you into sleep. We’ve talked before about the positive impact that a cool bedroom temperature has on sleep. You can darken your bedroom by using low wattage bulbs (45 watts or less) near your bed and making sure all the lights are off for bedtime.
In this article, there is some pretty interesting advice from Michael J. Breus, Ph.D “The Sleep Doctor,” such as making sure your pillow is comfortable enough to sleep on. You can test the pillow by folding the pillow over your arm and making sure it doesn’t fall flat. According to the article, you should also make your sheets have a fresh, clean scent. It’s a simple idea, but who thinks of spraying fabric freshener on their sheets every night?
There is some other pretty common advice in this article, such as avoiding caffeine, sticking to a regular routine before you go to bed, and making sure you have a comfortable mattress.
Here is some other advice (from an insomniac) on how to cope with insomnia:
- I’ve heard eating before bed is bad. But I can’t go to bed even slightly hungry, so I usually have a snack before I sleep. Make sure it doesn’t have a lot of sugar, though.
- Listen to relaxing music before you sleep.
- To relieve stress or worries before you sleep, try writing in a diary or talking to a friend.
- Don’t think of anything too thought-provoking before you go to bed.
- Take a warm shower.
- Make sure you know the temperature you like your room at, and keep it that way if at all possible.
- Cuddle up with a pillow, soft blanket, or stuffed animal. I get made fun of by my family for still having a “blankie,” but hey, it is comfortable and comforting to have something soft against your head.
- If you can’t sleep, DON’T think of unhappy things. DON’T think of things that stress you out, and DON’T THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN’T SLEEP. Think of something random, like…blue chickens, or a lake off in the middle of nowhere, or square-shaped objects. It sounds weird, but if I start letting my mind think about the strangest things possible, then my mind starts to drift into dreamland. (No wonder I have weird dreams?)
Oh, and to end with, here’s a funny video (a public service message)circa the 1950s: