Sleep is one of the most important aspects of life, especially when you are a college student. If you are a student that is truly invested in your classes, you are most likely missing out on a lot of sleep. Many people suffer from lack of sleep, which can have negative effects on daily activities. Eight hours of sleep is considered normal, but some adults can function properly with six. Even students who don’t have a hard time falling asleep when they finally crawl into bed may have trouble getting to sleep at a reasonable time. If you are in need of more sleep and want to fall asleep faster, here are some ideas you can try.

1. Prepare Your Body For Sleep

Relaxation is the key to preparing your body and mind for sleep. A great way to relax before bed is to stretch your muscles by tightening your muscles starting from your toes to your neck then relaxing. Within two hours before bed, soak in a tub for 20-30 minutes. Shut down all of your electronics, including the television, because you will not need them while you’re sleeping. They are only going to keep you awake longer.

2. Block Out Annoying Noises

In order to fall asleep faster you must block out the noises of a snoring roommate, loud train tracks, beeping fire alarms and any other noise that could possibly keep you from falling asleep. There are more ways to cancel out the noise than just burying your head into your mattress with your pillow over your head. You can buy headphones and purchase sleep tracks on iTunes that help promote better sleep.

3. Keep Your Room Cold

People fall asleep easier when their environment is cooler than usual. Cooler rooms make it easier to sleep in because you don’t have to worry about getting hot over night in your pajamas and under your covers.

4. Read a Book or Write in Your Journal

Before bed, read your favorite book. You might also consider writing in a journal beforehand; this helps clear your mind. Even in the dark and completely prepared for bed, a million things can be running through you head. A way to release all of those thoughts are to write them down, making it much easier to fall sleep with a clear mind.

5. Take Notes About Your Sleep Patterns

Keep a sleep journal  and record your dreams, the exercises you do before bed, what you eat before bed, and how long you slept. Having these things recorded will allow you to see what helps you sleep better and what does not. You will learn what patterns of exercise, eating habits, and relaxation techniques help you to sleep faster and longer.

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