8am classes are for suckers. We have our entire adult years to be up at the crack of stinkin dawn, so we here at Stellar embrace the snooze button and cheer the blackout curtains. Preparing for school life is more than just purchasing school supplies and acquiring the latest backpack trend. Preparing for the back-to-school lifestyle is as important and often overlooked.
Let's take sleep for example. Sleep is tricky because it is sort of essential to achieving any sort of mental, emotional or physical health - and yet, who has time to sleep when there is so much fun to be had? Here are a few tips we gathered that may help you with this dilemma.
Schedule time for sleep. When you have to get up at a certain time, count back the number of hours you want to sleep and then add half an hour. Good luck with that.
Watch what and when you eat. Eating pizza or bowls of cereal late because you have been studying all night will alter your internal clock and impair sleep. It’s thought that certain foods help sleep; turkey, milk, bananas, and walnuts all contain tryptophan, which the body uses to make melatonin. Yummy!
Limit caffeinated drinks. Next...
Make your bedroom a place of rest. Checking emails or doing some last-minute revision in bed may stop your brain associating the bedroom as a place of quiet rest and, instead, the bed becomes associated as a place of cognitive arousal (tee hee). Comfy bedding and blackout window curtains may help you get your sleep on.
Don’t use your smartphone in bed. We know, this seems like something made up by your parents - but it's true. LCD screens on phones and tablets emit light that is blue enriched. This light influences the body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm) and delays the release of the ‘sleep hormone’ melatonin. Without melatonin, although you can sleep, the sleep you achieve will be light and non-refreshing.
Have a bedtime routine. "Crashing" is not a bedtime routine. Perhaps start by incorporating a bath with lavender oil, or sitting and reading a non-academic book.
Clear your head before bed. Try keeping a notebook by your bed to write thoughts down before sleep. Meditation and breathing exercises can also help.
BonusTip: If you can’t fall asleep, don’t stay in bed trying to force yourself to sleep. Instead, employ the 15-minute rule: if you can’t sleep after what feels like 15 minutes, get up, leave the bedroom, and read or relax somewhere else. Only return to the room when you feel sleepy again.
Our Stellar design team can help you when shopping for your bedroom or small space. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us @wearestellardesigns
Sleep data from Surrey Sleep Experts. Because we are not sleep experts, we are the design experts.