March 16, 2012

Lacking Sleep?

Middle School is only a sliver of the tough work that you're going to encounter in high school, but that doesn't mean you don't work a lot right now. Sleep is crucial for students to get through the day. It gives you the strength to work hard and focus. However, sleep can be hard to come by if you're being loaded down with homework. If you've been going to bed at 12 every night, or find yourself falling in sleep in class, then read the tips below, because it's going to help.

1) Have a regular sleeping schedule. Having an erratic sleeping schedule isn't logical. Having a set time when you hit the hay is good because your body and mind will be used to that designated time.

2) Don't over-nap. Sleeping during the day is okay if you didn't get enough sleep the night before, but if you over-nap, then you're going to have a hard time falling asleep at night. It's better to either stay strong and wait until night time, or take a mini nap, like about 15-30 minutes long.

3) Exercise. As middle school students, you probably do a sport. If you don't, then you might want to go on a walk or a run after school because after exercising, your body will need to "recover", making it easier to sleep.

4) Don't go to bed with a full or empty stomach. While this may sound confusing, it's important. Try to avoid late night snacking or drinking fluids before sleep. When you're asleep, digestion slows down, and if you have a full stomach when your sleeping, that's not going to turn out well in the morning.

5) Don't drink caffeine. Caffeine has a 12 hour long effect. If you drink some soda or caffeinated tea 1:00 PM, then it's going to keep you up until 1:00 AM. Try switching to decaffeinated tea, water, or juice to quench your thirst.

6) Focus on your homework and get it done! Don't get distracted by your phone or the computer. It's tempting, but in order to go to sleep early, you need to finish everything. Try using this safe and effective application for your computer that you can customize to block distracting sites for a designated amount of time. It's safe and free.

      We're still kids so we need  at least 8 hours of sleep. So follow these simple steps and you'll be on your way to good sleeping and hard work at school.

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