7 Eye-Opening Tips To Get More Than Enough Sleep Each Night

7 Eye-Opening Tips To Get More Than Enough Sleep Each Night

These tips are so effective that they work on school nights, too.

Suffering from lack of sleep? Depending on coffee to get you through the day? Struggling to keep your eyes open during classes the next day? I've definitely felt that way before, so here are seven ways to get more than three hours of sleep every night.

1. Turn off your phone notifications.

One of the things that causes a lack of sleep is your phone. For me, I can't stop looking at it. I get distracted, especially when I see new notifications pop up. Most of the time, these messages aren't even relevant to my schoolwork. They just serve as a hindrance. When you're working, make sure to turn off all notifications so you won't be disturbed by your phone. This way, you can get work done faster and go to sleep earlier.

2. Put your phone far away.

If you are still looking at your phone even when notifications are off, maybe it's time to put it away until you're done with everything. You can either put it in a separate room, or if you don't have enough self-control, tell someone else to hold it for you until you're done with all your work. Once you've finished everything, you can ask for it back, and if time permits, use it for a while. Just make sure to keep track of time so you go to sleep just like you scheduled.

3. Do homework in order from your most important subject to your least important.

Usually, I do math (and math-related) subjects first because my brain gradually gets more tired, and it's better to finish all math work first. Then I do my other assignments, starting off with more challenging and thought-provoking subjects to easier and simpler subjects. Because of this, it usually takes me less time to finish everything because my brain won't be as tired, and I can go to bed earlier.

4. Once it's past a certain time, just stop.

Usually, after 10:30 p.m., my brain just stops. Anything I do after that is not good quality. Everyone obviously has their own time when their brain wants to shut down for the day, so make sure you know when your time is to stop all work after that. Get some sleep, and then if you want, wake up early to finish everything else. Usually, I wake up normally and then finish all the work in the extra minutes I have before class or during lunch.

5. Have a daily bedtime routine.

Having a clear bedtime routine every night permits you to fall asleep faster and better. For me, my routine is to finish all my homework for that night, go on my phone for a few minutes and, if time permits, read a few pages of a book. Reading a book helps to clear my mind and makes me feel more sleepy. However, do whatever is best for you; this can include listening to music or drinking a cup of tea.

6. Don't drink caffeine at least six hours before sleeping.

This one may sound obvious, but it's hard to accomplish sometimes. Studies have shown that drinking a cup of coffee zero, three or six hours before bed disturbs sleep dramatically. Besides, you might feel the effects of the caffeine wearing off early on, leading to tiredness and drowsiness for the rest of the day.

7. Go to sleep at about the same time every night.

This is similar to having a daily bedtime routine, but it is important to make sure to sleep at approximately the same time every night. This tells your body when to sleep and when to wake up, which is important for getting more sleep. Don't vary your sleep times. I had a hard time adjusting after long breaks because I often slept after midnight and woke up past 10 a.m. Although I forced myself to go to sleep earlier when school first started, I realized that I just couldn't.

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5 Things I Really Wish I Knew ~Before~ Losing My Virginity

Advice to our younger selves.

Everyone has a first time. We're all at different stages of our lives when it happens, which impacts how we approach the situation and how we feel about it immediately after and in reflections. Some people idealize their first time, some people regret it, some people feel nothing about it. I agonized over my virginity.

I wanted nothing more than to throw it at the first willing participant. I felt that it made me someone inferior to my friends who had already had sex, like somehow I was missing out on some great secret of life or somehow I was less mature than them. I spent a lot of time wishing it would just happen, and then one day, it did when I wasn't expecting it. I don't regret my first time, but because I had wished for it to happen for so long, I had built up this image in my head of how it would be that was completely unrealistic.

So, this is for those girls like me whose imaginations get the best of them. Here are some tips to ease your worries and prepare you for what it's really going to be like.

1. It's going to be awkward.

Not just the first time, every time. No matter how much porn or how many blogs or erotic fiction you read, you will not have any idea what you're doing. The other person probably won't, either. There are too many variables, and you're both so concerned with doing it well, you'll be focused on too many things to properly control your limbs.

2. Don't think about your body.

The angles that are required for things to work leave both participants in awkward positions with limbs in strange places. Don't look at your body; don't even think about where your limbs are. Just keep your eyes and mind on the other person and what they're doing and how you're feeling. If you're feeling bad, let them know, so you can change it. If you're feeling good, enjoy it.

3. Don't do it drunk.

Not even a little tipsy, at least not for the first few times. Alcohol throws in another variable and another reason your limbs are flailing listlessly on top of other unforeseen complications. Just wait until you've had a little practice to introduce alcohol into the mix. You want to actually remember your first time and understand what's going on.

4. You're not going to feel any different after.

I expected to feel a weight being lifted or some newfound maturity, but I really didn't feel any different at all. That's because I really was just the same girl as before. Finally having lost this imaginary flower didn't make me physically any different at all.

5. You're going to feel something.

There wasn't some profound emotional release afterward, either, but I did feel a little different. Again, not in the sense that something had actually change, but I felt different because I had placed so much importance on this, on having sex, and now it had happened. I wanted there to be some big release or celebratory moment, but really, I just felt the same. I didn't even feel a little more mature or experienced. I was positive that if I ever did it again, I would still have absolutely no idea what to do (which was true).

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