Monday, 30 July 2012

Get your ZZZ's

SLEEP. Everyone needs it, but most people don’t get enough of it. 
As a student, I'm well aware of what it feels like to be time-crunched during exams and believe pulling an all-nighter is the only way to pass an exam. Sleep depreivation however, will only worsen your mental performance and make it difficult for focus. A lack of sleep has been linked to a number of negative effects including weight gain, increased cortisol levels (aka stress), weakened immune system, high blood pressure and more!

I am a sleep queen, and need at least 8 hours of sleep at night or I can’t function the next day. (Crabby would be the best word to describe me...)

 Here are a couple tips for getting a good nights rest 
1.     leave the technology out of the bedroom. Don’t bring your iphone, ipad, itouch, Macbook or other digital devices to bed, you need to unplug at night and clear your mind. A number of studies have also shown that looking at blue light-emitting electronics before bed suppresses melatonin levels, which can keep you awake
2.     keep your room temperature cool, this will make sleeping much more pleasant
3.     Maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Going out to the bar until 2:30 on weekends then not waking up until 1 the next day will wreck havoc on your body and make Monday morning a nightmare. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, yes even on weekends when your body is screaming at you to stay in bed.
4.     avoid caffeine or intense exercise at night, both can leave you feeling “wired” and make it difficult to settle down
5.     aim for at least 7 hours of sleep at night, some people may need more, others less, but this is a realistic number to aim for

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