After many 4-5 hour nights, one has to wonder: is there a better way?
Because of equal parts procrastination and studying for tests, I have been victim to this for the past week. Between social media and trying to memorize entire stacks of information, both focus and sleep are lost. However, I have also noticed that even when I do get a solid 8 hours of sleep, I feel more tired than after a 20 minute nap. Could naps be a more effective form of sleep?
It turns out, there are things called sleep hacks. I have compiled a few that seem quite helpful, and would help solve the above problems, as they are quite common.
This can often be the hardest barrier to knock down to getting good sleep. Sleep before 11 PM means that your chances of sleeping well are much higher. For those who have past this point, trying hard to deliberately stay awake in bed will actually exhaust you faster and help you fall asleep. Talk about counterintuitive. Also, don’t watch gory or violent movies before you sleep, as they probably excite your mind and prevent calmness. While watching TV, your brain is in fact less active than when you sleep. Your brain is attracted to the dullness of the activity, and basically treats it as an addictive drug (Netflix and chill sessions).
Daylight and natural lighting also affects one’s energy levels. This is why those that stay indoors are usually more tired and less energetic than those who play outside in the sun all day. For some, it is like a workout. By slowly cutting back on a healthy amount of sleep, it seems that it is possible to have an average level of alertness even when you sleep and hour or two less than those around you.
Many say the key to feeling rested is not more sleep, but better sleep. Exercise and a healthy lifestyle contribute to good sleep, as well as reduced screen time and non-aggressive alarms (haha or no alarm). In the end, your sleep time should be determined by your sleep patterns and what enables you to function effectively during the day. Though the average is 6-9 hours, some can go down to 5 and feel perfectly fine. Now that you’ve probably read this blog at 12:11 AM, I suggest you turn off the screen, and go get a good night’s sleep.