You may already have a rocky relationship with sleep! Over the next few years, college workloads and new levels of independence can impact on the quality of your sleep.
But there are Smart Moves that can help, such as being organised, and completing work when it is set will mean you have less late nights catching up.
A recent study of sixth form students found “longer sleep” is more closely related to academic performance, while “good night sleep” is more closely related to overall cognitive processing.
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A good night's sleep helps foster both mental and emotional resilience.
Whereas chronic sleep disruptions set the stage for negative thinking, depression, anxiety and emotional vulnerability.
Why is sleep important to you?
How much sleep do you think you need?
Recall a time when you
did not have a good
How does it make you feel ?
What are the top 3 things
that you think about
or do that distracts you from sleeping?
What helps others you know get to sleep? have you ever asked them?
Have you ever tried using mindfulness before bed? There are many apps to choose from. Check out the article below that gives you the top apps. Links to the top 2 below.
Set yourself sleep goals:
1. Create a regular bedtime routine
2. Aim for 8 hours sleep 5 nights a week
3. Set regular times to get up and go to sleep
4. Reduce caffeine and increase exercise
5. Create a calm organised place I want to sleep
6. Digital discipline on college nights
Here are some ideas from Matthew Walker 'Why we Sleep' to make sure you spend enough time with your best friend - sleep
Exercise is great but not too late in the day, not later than 2-3 hours before bed.
Alcohol robs you of REM (deep) sleep
Avoid large meals just before bed.
Don't nap after 3pm.
Take a hot bath before bed