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The Best Ways to Get a Good Night’s Rest During Midterms

By Megan Menchaca

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With midterm season seemingly always coming up, it is increasingly important to remember to take care of yourself. While there are multiple ways to practice self-care, one of the best approaches is to consistently get a good night’s’ sleep. So with that in mind, here are three different ways to make your sleep better:




Go to sleep and get up at around the same time every day.


Even though many college schedules don’t allow for a totally consistent sleep schedule, it never hurts to attempt to standardize your bedtime, and the time you get up. These times should be at least seven hours apart, if possible, because that’s the minimum number of hours recommended for a college student. While this may not be possible during long study sessions, doing this will help set your body’s internal clock and optimize the quality of your sleep.



Avoid bright screens within 1-2 hours of going to sleep.


Trying to avoid Twitter and Snapchat at night can sometimes feel like trying to stop a snowball rolling down a hill. And it’s even more difficult to do when you’ve got work to do on your computer late at night. But if you’re looking for more rest, you’d be best served by turning off all of your devices, because the lights emitted by them can especially disruptive to your sleep.




Be smart about what you eat and drink.


You may not be able to control when you eat all of the time, especially with the difficult demands of college, but drinking caffeine, eating large meals, and/or eating lots of sugar and refined carbs can all keep you from getting the best possible night’s sleep. If you really need to eat before you go to bed, try munching on fruit and vegetables or drinking some water instead to satisfy your stomach.





Avoid exercise late at night.


While the research still isn’t completely conclusive, most of it points to the fact that exercising a few hours before bed can be unhealthy for your sleep cycle. Any vigorous exercise will cause your heart rate and temperature to go up, which can cause feelings of restlessness when you get back to your bed and start trying to relax. While exercise is super important for your health, try to keep it during the day if you want to sleep well.