Every college student struggles with getting enough sleep. At Norwich it's even harder. Between the Corps, sports, clubs, organizations, committees, honor societies, and rigorous classwork, there's a lot to do and not enough time in the day to do it. Here are some things I've started implementing into my nightly routine to help me sleep.
1. Come up with a wind-down routine before bed
I've started coming up with a certain set of steps that I do in the same order every night. I go to the gym, shower, brush my teeth, clean my face, put on lavender lotion, and watch Netflix. The actually activities let my brain know that it's almost time for bed and the routine keeps it stress-free.
2. Don't do work in your bed
When you do work in your bed during the day, by the time you try to go to bed, your body doesn't register the difference. If you work at your desk, in the library, or a lounge, then when you get into bed your brain will transition into a bedtime mode more easily.
One of the best things I've started doing is meditating in bed. I recommend everyone tries it at least once. Even if you're skeptical, it might be just the thing you need. It doesn't work for everyone, though, so just keep that in mind. I use the app Simple Habit. It tracks how often you meditate and there are tons of free ones for different things.
4. Write down thoughts about your day
You can either do this in a journal or in an app. Norwich uses the WellTrack app and it's something I've recently gotten into. Every night, I use the mood tracker to document my mood and what happened that day to make me feel like that. There's a weekly assessment that evaluates your mental health and there are sleep meditations, soothing sounds, and a bunch of other cool stuff. PLUS if you feel like you may need help from the counseling center, you can grant permission for an NU counselor to see what you put in the app. Otherwise, it's completely confidential!
5. Take Melatonin
On those nights that nothing else seems to work, try Melatonin - it's a natural supplement you can take that will help you fall asleep. Make sure to try it out the night before something uneventful, like a weekend you can sleep in. It affects people differently, so you want to figure out how long it takes you to fall asleep and if you'll sleep through an alarm in the morning.