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Get some sleep

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

As a former student who struggled with stress and anxiety, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to balance academic work, social commitments, and self-care. One thing that often fell by the wayside for me was sleep, and it wasn't until I prioritized good sleep habits that I began to feel more balanced and mentally healthy. In this blog post, I'll share some insights on why sleep is so important for student mental health and offer tips for improving sleep hygiene.

I'm going to get scientific for a sec. When you don't get enough sleep, your brain chemistry goes bezerk, causing stress, anxiety, and mood swings. This can lead to bad academic performance, social awkwardness, and general grumpiness. But when you do catch some quality shut-eye, your brain gets a chance to recharge, helping you to process information, improve your memory, and make better decisions. Plus, waking up feeling rested and refreshed just feels amazing.

Back in my student days, I was no stranger to all-nighters and caffeine binges. But let me tell you, it wasn't pretty. I was always on edge, feeling like I was one missed deadline away from a total breakdown. It was struggle and it took a while to realize how important sleep actually was. Starting to take my sleep more seriously wasn't easy though, my body was trained to run off minimal sleep and fueled on caffeine during the day, I needed to reset.

Here are some things that helped me:

Set a regular sleep schedule: Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. Your body will thank you.

Create a zen bedroom: Keep your room dark, cool, and quiet, and invest in some soft sheets and a pillow that feels like a cloud. This is your sanctuary, so make it comfy.

Chill out before bedtime: Skip the phone and laptop, and do something relaxing like reading, taking a bath, or practicing some deep breathing exercises. Screens produce blue light which makes it harder to fall asleep. If you really need to look at a screen before bed, try some blue-light blocking glasses, you might look silly wearing sunglasses inside at night but trust me, they work.

Nix the late-night caffeine: Caffeine is a great pick-me-up, but not so great for snoozing. Cut back on caffeine and other stimulants in the evening, so you don't feel like a jittery maniac.

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