How to get a good night’s sleep

Life as a uni student is busy – there are assignments, social activities, uni life and exams to think about, and you’ll need your energy to keep up with all the fun! One of the best ways to do this is by making sure you get a good night’s sleep, at least a few times a week!

Switch off

As tempting as it is to fall asleep in front of a continuous stream of Netflix, this can take an extreme toll on both your sleep and your data usage. Whether your vice is TV, iPad games, or scrolling through Facebook on your phone, all of these pre-bedtime activities are seriously bad for your sleeping patterns. The blue-white light that screens shine on your face confuses your brain, and stimulates it, so it thinks that it’s daytime, and definitely not time to get some well-earned rest. Even if you do manage to fall asleep in front of the TV, you will not sleep as deeply, and your restfulness will be affected by those glowing lights and never-ending noises, so instead switch off your devices for at least an hour before you go to bed and wake up feeling like you actually got some sleep.

Have a cuppa

We all remember waking up in the middle of the night when we were kids and being fed a warm mug of milk or, if you were very lucky, a nice warm cup of Milo. I’m not sure about the scientific evidence behind this method of relieving sleeplessness, but in most people’s experience this is a tried and true method that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy. If you’re looking for a more advanced and grown-up version of the warm milk your mum used to give you, try sipping on a herbal tea before bed. Some of the best blends involve chamomile or peppermint, both of which are known for their relaxing properties. Just make sure you check the type of tea you buy, because some of them contain caffeine, which will wake you up all over again.

Try some bubbly

No, not champagne. I’m talking about a long, hot soak in the tub. Bubble baths are seriously relaxing, and give you time away from the things that are stressing you out and making it difficult for you to sleep. Spruce up your bath time by adding scented bubbles, bath bombs, candles, and some soothing music. This combination will not only relax your mind, but will help with any tense muscles and sore spots on your body. Make sure to get out before it gets too cold, wrap yourself up in a nice fluffy towel, and then slip into your most comfortable pyjamas. You’ll be nodding off in no time.

Examine your surroundings

One of the main reasons people struggle to sleep is that they’re doing it in the wrong environment. When you sleep it should be in a safe and comfortable place, which means foregoing that nap on the couch in the common room to tuck yourself into your own bed. Your room should be dark and quiet, and your phone should be on the floor or facedown so any notifications you get don’t light up your room. Your pillows should be relatively new and comfortable, and your sheets should be clean. Make sure you aren’t too hot or too cold to give yourself the best chance of falling asleep quickly.