• Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

    by  • March 15, 2016 • Homepage, Lifestyle • 0 Comments

    Setting your body’s natural clock

    1. Try to sleep at the same time every day

    Your body has an internal clock and sleeping at the same time everyday helps set an alarm on that clock. Once you get into this habit you’ll notice that you’ll feel tired and ready to sleep everyday around that time. Don’t set any drastic times,start with a reasonable time. If you’re getting enough sleep you should not need an alarm clock to wake up. Keep lowering your sleeping time until this happens.

    2. Don’t take too many naps 

    Naps are a great way to catch up on lost sleep but they can also be very harmful to your sleeping routine, especially if you deal with insomnia. Sleeping helps us gain energy and by taking too much naps you would be gaining energy that would later on need to be used, stopping you from sleeping at night. The same goes for sleeping in. It would give you a bunch of extra energy.

    Before going to bed

    1. Take a warm shower

    A decent body temperature is crucial to getting good sleep. Our body temperature naturally drops before we go to bed but often times we start to sleep much later than when this happens, making our bodies too cold by the time we’re ready to sleep. This can cause some major discomfort. Showering before sleeping helps warm up our body and stop its temperature from dropping too much.

    2. Stay away from bright lights

    Bright lights before bed can trick your mind into thinking it’s still daytime, which disrupts your body’s internal clock and could prevent you from sleeping. Lights from technology can be especially disruptive, so stay away from your laptop, tablet or and even your phone at least 1 hour before going to bed. If you absolutely need to use these, turn down the brightness as much as possible. And If you’re one of those people who can’t sleep in the dark, try to invest in a night-light. They give off enough light that you’ll feel comfortable but little enough that they won’t disturb your sleep.

    3. Wind down and relax

    Even if you follow all these instructions, you’ll most likely toss and turn when you get to bed if you’re mind is still excited. Stress, worry, anger, and events of your day can give you trouble sleeping. Learn to manage you thought and do relaxing things before bed. Any mindless and easy activity can help you relax before sleeping. You could read a book or a magazine, listen to music, get ready for the next day… whatever relaxes you.

    Tips:

    • Don’t procrastinate during the day, you’ll just end up with more things to do before bed
    • Some foods that help you sleep

               Half a turkey sandwich

               A small bowl of cereal

               Granola with milk or yogurt

               A banana

    About

    Claude Missamou, who goes by Cedrina, is a new member of the Blue and Gold and the Malden High School community as she is a freshman. After spending the first 9 years of her life in Gabon, Missamou came to the United States for 4th grade in 2010. Based on the transition that she made, Missamou has developed a strong appreciation for language and currently speaks French and English fluently, and is learning Spanish. Along with her love of language, Missamou also has a love for athletics, and has been runner since she was 10 years old. While she is unable to run this year due to scheduling conflicts, she hopes to stay close to the field through a focus on sports writing and coverage as a Blue and Gold reporter. She is passionate about speech and debate as well, kindled through her Model UN experiences in middle school. In the classroom, Missamou enjoys humanities and has an interest in psychology and the human mind. Outside of academics and athletics, Missamou has been a lifelong human rights and feminism activist. This began with her family in Gabon, where many were members of the Gabonese government and active in many national human rights movements. Missamou hopes to continue this in the future, and to to bring these ideals to other parts of the world.

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