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ADJUSTING THE ALARM CLOCK- BACK TO SCHOOL SLEEP TIPS

Hey Wellness Warriors!

As we gear up for the upcoming school year, it’s clear that preparation goes beyond acquiring new sneakers and notebooks. One of the primary concerns I’ve been hearing is how to manage the early morning wake-up calls. Summertime often indulges us with late nights and leisurely mornings, but with school right around the corner, it’s essential to recognize that adapting to a new sleep schedule and routine may pose a challenge. To facilitate this transition, here are some valuable sleep tips:

  • Gradual Adjustment: Begin adjusting your sleep schedule a week or two before school commences. Incrementally shift your bedtime and wake-up time to align with your school schedule. Try moving both 15-30 minutes earlier each day until you reach your desired schedule.

  • Consistent Schedule: Maintain a consistent sleep schedule, even on weekends. Consistency aids in regulating your body’s internal clock, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up at the desired times.

  • Establish a Relaxing Bedtime Routine: Develop a calming pre-sleep routine to signal to your body that it’s time to wind down. This could include activities such as reading, taking a warm bath, practicing deep breathing, or gentle stretching.

  • Mind Your Diet: Avoid heavy, rich, or spicy meals close to bedtime, as they can cause discomfort and disrupt sleep. Similarly, limit caffeine intake in the afternoon and evening, as it can interfere with your ability to fall asleep.

  • Create a Sleep-Friendly Environment: Ensure your bedroom is conducive to sleep by keeping it dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature. Consider using blackout curtains, earplugs, or a white noise machine if necessary. A personal favorite of mine is adding lavender to my oil diffuser for a soothing atmosphere.

  • Manage Stress: School can sometimes bring stress and anxiety. Practice stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, mindfulness, or journaling to calm your mind before bedtime. Personally, I find a “brain dump” helpful if my mind is racing.

  • Sunlight Exposure: Prioritize exposure to natural sunlight during the day. This helps regulate your internal clock and enhances sleep quality. Morning sunlight can also kickstart your day positively.

The beginning of the school year can be both exhilarating and demanding. Sleep plays a pivotal role in managing stress and anxiety effectively. Remember that everyone’s sleep needs vary, so listening to your body and discovering what works best for you is vital.

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