Ask Alice

Alice, I’m having trouble sleeping this semester. Any tips?

Most students experience all sorts of sleeping problems, due to a significant amount of stress. It’s often tough to relieve and dissipate the stress of exams and tests, which can disrupt your sleep cycle. Here are a few tips that could be helpful in getting your sleep regimen back on the right track!

1. Managing time
One of the first things you should try is to figure out how to manage your time efficiently. Make a list of the most important things you have to get done and allow yourself breaks every once in a while to clear and refresh your mind. This will help lighten the load when studying, which will in turn give you more time to try going to sleep.

2. Log off
The second tip I would suggest is to shut off all electronic devices two hours prior going to bed. Instead, read a book before going to sleep. It will make you more tired, and there is no harshness of light to the eyes. The power of the light of our phones and laptops signals the brain to stay awake and in turn makes the brain produce less of the hormone melatonin, which regulates sleep.

3. Move your body
Exercising can be an effective way of helping you fall asleep. It’s also a good way of relieving stress. Exercise helps decrease the amount of “stress hormona” such as cortisol. Meditation can also be another alternative and has great benefits for the mind and body.

All the best and good luck!
-Alice

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