Three Ways To Get Better Sleep

Handsome young man sleeping in bed at home

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Handsome young man sleeping in bed at home

David Bandera

Hey Saint Joe, are you getting enough sleep? If you’re not, don’t worry! We all struggle readjusting to school’s sleeping patterns. If you’re having a particularly tough time readjusting, and maybe falling asleep during class, here are a few tips to help you out.

Tip 1: Sleep in darkness

Don’t sleep with interfering source of light. This includes TV, LED lights, laptops, and especially phones. Blue lights strain your eyes, so it’s difficult to peacefully fall asleep right after scrolling on TikTok or Snapchat. Try to turn off screens one hour before bed. Additionally, spend another hour when you wake up without excessive screen exposure.

Tip 2: Avoid heavy eating towards bedtime

There’s nothing wrong with a small bedtime snack, but it’s usually best to stop eating around three hours before bed. This is so you can digest your food without having it disrupt your sleep. This further encourages eating breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

Tip 3: Aim for 7.5 hours of sleep

Sleep occurs in a 90-minute cycle. Typically, we should be getting four to six cycles each day, which is 6-9 hours of sleep. Try to aim for the average of 7.5 hours of sleep to avoid fatigue the next morning.

Stay awake Saint Joe!