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4 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight

We all know life can be hectic, and sometimes your sleep is interfered with. This is bad because health problems from a lack of sleep can occur. Here are four ways to sleep better tonight.

1. Reach for the Sky Before Your Pillow- Yoga

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Yoga is often known to be relaxation technique and doing some simple poses before bed can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Some people are not into yoga, so if that’s you some simple stretching can work just as effectively. Stretching will release some of the tension in your body and relax your muscles, perfectly preparing you for a better night’s sleep.

2. Hit the Gym Before You Hit the Sheets- Run

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Just like stretching and yoga, going for a long run will help release the tension in your body, as well as wear you out before bed. Running also can help clear a cloudy mind, eliminating racing thoughts before bed. Do you workout routine a couple of hours before you are ready for bed, take a shower and hit the sheets!

3. Take a Deep Breath Before You Get a Deep Sleep- Breathe

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Doing breathing techniques before bed helps you relax. Try breathing in slowly and counting to ten and then exhaling at the same rate. The time, of course, can be adjusted according to each person’s preference. Breathing is something you can do lying in bed so before you know it- you’re fast asleep.

4. Turn Off the Lights to Turn Off Your Mind- Unplug

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Watching television or playing with your phone before bed is something almost every person is guilty of. When you do this, the light makes your body stay awake and you are more aware of your surroundings.  About an hour before you would like to fall asleep, check your phone one last time and then turn it off for the night.  You will be surprised how much it helps to unplug.

These are some techniques I have found to help me sleep. Follow these and you will sleep better tonight.

Comment below with some of your tricks to fall asleep faster and sleep better!

The Death of Sleep Schedules, Along With All Other Normality

As we progress through different stages of life, we realize that many things we considered as constants have changed dramatically or vanished altogether. That naïve sense of security we felt as we were running through playgrounds is no longer there and neither is the soothing embrace of our parents after we fell and scraped our knees. In middle school, we realized that others could be mean. In high school, we suddenly realized that we were growing up and responsibilities came flooding in. Some lost sleep because of their social life. Others were kept up by academic anxiety or thoughts of the future. No matter the reason, what we all felt was frantic; it was startling, but it was natural.

Adulthood doesn’t lightly knock on the door – it often busts it down. No wonder that so many dream of being “forever young.” Being able to legally purchase a drink or enter your favorite social venue are meager payoffs for intrusive thoughts of complete independence. Doesn’t it feel so freeing to be away from mom and dad? It does…until your bank account begins to hover right above the big zero or you’re in your bunked bed, miserable with a fever, longing for a few words of encouragement that will certainly not come from your absent roommate. Oh, to be a freshman again! To harbor thoughts of college adventures beyond the wildest high school dreams. As eager we are to get away from the shackles of normality, the unfortunate truth remains – we long for steadiness and support. It’s easier being a dependent, and it really begins to show once you pass the midway point of your undergraduate career.

Lately, I’ve been losing sleep. These issues have been in and out of my head for the longest time, but they become especially prominent when you’re on the brink of graduation. Being a first semester senior spells many things, of which most prominent is sleep deprivation. Whether you’re obsessing over an upcoming exam (or, in my wretched case, the LSAT) or are just unable to fall asleep before an ungodly hour, you’re likely a walking zombie and you will remain that way. What’s that you say? Going to bed at ten tonight because you have a test in the morning? Interesting theory, but wholly impractical. Insomnia is within the essence of college culture. The time you’ll be spending tossing and turning in a dark room to the rhythm of the neighbor’s iTunes playlist would be better spent in your neighbors room raging uncontrollably. Okay, okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little. You shouldn’t blow things off just because your environment doesn’t allow you to pursue them in the way you’d like. It would be to your benefit, however, to discard any notions of normality that happen to be lingering in your brain from your cozy “normal” life. Welcome to adulthood, a realm where a “sleep schedule” is virtually an undefined term, where a helping hand doesn’t come cheap, and where your previous reality might as well be a fairy tale.