5 Things To Do When You Can't Sleep

5 Things To Do When You Can't Sleep

We've all been there once or twice, as much as we love sleep, sleep doesn't love us.


As I am writing this I cannot sleep. I find it so hard to shut my mind off sometimes. While I love sleeping, sleeping definitely doesn't love me. When I find myself having trouble falling asleep or calming my mind, here are the five things I try to do.

1. Read instead of using your phone.

You have probably heard this before, have one hour without your phone before you go to bed to let your brain know that it should be getting ready for bed. What I recommend instead is to read a book an hour before bed. What would indeed help is having a schedule, for example, tell yourself that you will take a shower at 9 p.m. and then read on your bed a book with just one lamp on and go to sleep. Now, you can't sleep, but I am sure that if you pull up a history book or a math theory textbook, you will get sleepy. So try reading and please do not get too addicted to the plot! You're trying to sleep not finish a book!

2. Make sure everything is dark. 

I have noticed that usually the light post outside my bedroom window will keep me awake and I would go through the process of closing the blinds in a way that bans outside light into my room. Other times, it is my mouse lighting from across the room because I did not turn off my computer (in that case I merely throw something on top of my mouse to muffled the light rather than turning on my laptop). So, if light is keeping you awake, turn off the light or hide it from your eyes. You can always wear sleep masks, although some are uncomfortable.

3. Take a warm shower.

Warm shower and warm baths relax the muscles, and steam makes people sleepy, unlike cold water. Get out of bed and take a hot shower, letting your worries and stress run out of your body as water runs on your body. It is a moment to relax, to stop thinking about how many hours you will get before having to get up again, your focus is to relax and walk back to bed and slump in a state of bliss from a warm shower.

4. Meditate.

Meditating clears your mind and makes you enter into a trance that can make you replenish your energy. The good thing about meditating is that if you are not an expert or do not know how to meditate correctly, you end up falling asleep and that's the goal. So either lay entirely straight on your bed with your clothes focusing on your breathing or sit up (still on your bed) and concentrate on your breathing. I learned this technique from my aunt when I started struggling with sleep. If it helps you having soft tunes on the background, then put some but make sure your phone brightness is on the lowest setting.

5. If all fails...fall asleep listening to music or YouTube

Believe it or not, I go to sleep listening to jacksepticeye, a Youtuber, screaming to the top of his lungs. I put my phone on my window sill, listen to a playlist of his gameplay, one I've already seen, and quickly fall asleep. I do not know why it works for me. I also go to sleep listening to instrumental music or League of Legends games. The goal is to find something that makes you fall asleep (as if you were in a boring class) without looking at your phone screen much.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

SEE ALSO: Finding A Husband In College

Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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