By HANNAH STRICKLAND
We’ve all had nights where we tossed and turned for an hour or two desperately trying to fall back asleep, so here’s some tips on how to prevent sleepless nights. Establish a regular bedtime routine! Find activities that wear you out before bed and establish a sleep-wake time period. If you’re an easily worried person, schedule a time to worry about everything so thoughts don’t creep up when you’re trying to fall asleep.
LIMIT CAFFEINE! As most high schoolers know, it’s hard to limit the intake of caffeine when things get hectic. If it’s hard to stop drinking caffeine, try drinking it earlier in the day rather than later.
If taking a nap has become a daily routine, try napping for about 10 to 20 minutes, and avoid napping after 3:00 p.m. napping at this time can make it harder to fall asleep.
Avoid eating a big meal before bed, this can cause trouble when falling asleep.
Turn off any screens before bed, the lights on a phone, TV, and laptop screen can cause the brain to assume that it is not time to sleep quite yet.
Believe it or not, counting sheep can actually help you while falling asleep. Focusing on one thing can calm the brain down and result in a good night’s sleep.
Try yoga before bed! If you aren’t feeling tired quite yet, yoga can calm the nervous system.
Try keeping the room cool and dark. A warm and lit room can cause tossing and turning because your brain will be trying to wake you up. Sleeping in a warm room is one of the most uncomfortable feelings, you can’t decide between having the blanket on or off, and it seems almost impossible to find a comfortable position. Crack a window open and cool the room down before going to bed.