Tips for an easy sleep

By Doreen Filice
It’s first period Monday morning, and you’re struggling to keep
your eyes open in class. You got a lot of sleep last night, so what
gives?
By Doreen Filice

It’s first period Monday morning, and you’re struggling to keep your eyes open in class. You got a lot of sleep last night, so what gives?

It’s important to get a full night of sleep, but you also need to make sure you’re getting good sleep. Here are some tips to make sure you’re well-rested:

• Make sure your room is a good environment to sleep in: don’t leave the lights on, unless you need a small, dim night light, get rid of any noise, and make sure it’s not too cold or too hot.

• Only use your bed for sleep. If you do your homework, read or watch TV in bed, your body will associate it with activities other than sleep, which can keep you from falling asleep right away.

• Don’t exercise right before bed. Exercising wakes you up, so it’ll be harder to fall asleep.

• Don’t have a huge meal right before you go to bed. Instead, have a light snack if you’re hungry. Oh, and go easy on the fluids, too. Waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom doesn’t help at all.

• Avoid stimulants such as coffee, tea and soda right before bed. Obviously, they have caffeine and will keep you from getting to sleep.

• Try to avoid emotional conflicts or stressful situations before bed; otherwise you’ll just end up tossing and turning. If you can, try not to think about things that worry you right before you go to sleep, for the same reason.

• If you’re allergic to your pet, letting it sleep with you is not a good idea. Sneezing and coughing are not good for sleeping.

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