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Hacking Your Sleep Schedule

We’ve all been there: you’ve pulled an all nighter one too many times, and now, you find yourself up at the weirdest hours, unable to sleep. It can become a problem, especially if you’ve got early classes to get to. But it’s not impossible to fix. Here’s how to get your sleep back under control.

Shut everything out. If you’re waking up at night, it may be because you’re a light sleeper, and a dorm room is often not the easiest place to get rest if that’s the case. Do what you can to minimize middle of the night distractions by using earplugs, an eye mask or a sound machine, and you may be able to sleep more soundly.

Use the power of the sun. If you’re sluggish to get out of bed in the morning and find yourself laying around until noon without getting anything done, call on the sun for a little help. When you first get up to go to the bathroom, make a pit stop at a large window, or better yet, plan to spend a few minutes or even an hour outside when you start your day to jump start your brain and signal that daytime has arrived.

Establish a routine. Every night, do the same few things before bed, like grabbing water and a snack, putting on lotion, and stretching. This will help signal to your brain that it’s time to shut down and relax for the night, rather than staying up late to work or party.

Keep regular hours. Even if you’ve wrecked your sleep with an all nighter, go right back to your usual schedule the next night. Oversleeping or excessive napping can really mess with your circadian rhythms and throw everything off. Getting up late for a few days in a row can reset your body clock to a time that doesn’t work right for you, so do your best to get back to normal as soon as possible.

It’s not always easy to get good sleep while you’re in college, but you can work to do your best. Make use of these hacks to get the most out of your sleep schedule and get the rest you need to do well.

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