I don't know about you guys, but this semester is kicking my butt already. It's only week four and I feel like, even though it's under control, I've got quite a workload being handed off on me. I'm feeling super tired and as the days grow shorter, that's only going to continue to happen.
I'm not the best at managing my time, especially when it comes to scheduling sleep in responsibly, but I have figured out a couple of things over the past couple of years. So here are my quick tips for staying awake and healthy and sleeping when you need it.
- Don't Procrastinate: Putting off doing your work only means you'll have to do it later, at night, when you should be sleeping. It sucks to have to be awake when you're exhausted so if you can work on things over time, then you'll probably be able to get to bed at a reasonable time.
- Schedule You're Sleep: During the week I wake up at the same time every day, even if my start time for the day differs. And unless it's a special occasion I try to wake up at the same time every Saturday and Sunday. It keeps me on track and gets me feeling tired at the same time most nights.
- Take Naps: As a college student, sometimes getting to bed at a "reasonable" hour just isn't feasible. On days when you're feeling exhausted try to find time to schedule in a nap and set an alarm for when you'll wake up. This keeps you in control of your sleeping, rather than falling asleep at any time and not knowing when you'll wake up. Know you're body and how long you need to nap. Too long or short of a nap can tire you out even more.
- Have Some Backup: Sometimes you've just got to power through a day of exhaustion. Look into some sorts of things that keep you energized. Exercise wakes me up, and so does minty gum or candy. And a cup of coffee won't hurt too badly.