Developing a Pre-Sleep Ritual
It’s a good idea to develop a good pre-sleep ritual to do at night. It’s a good idea to check that you have all of your keys, IDs, cellphone and other valuable items you usually carry with you to class every day. This can reduce a lot of stress in the mornings and help you get to your first class of the day on time.
Another good tip would be organizing your backpack or purse before you go to sleep, making sure that you put your homework in a folder so you won’t forget to turn it in.
Make sure that you take at least a 15 minute break from TVs or computers so that your body can adjust to the lower lighting and help you fall asleep faster. This is a good time to review material for an upcoming test. Reviewing material before you go to sleep will not only help you remember the material better, it will also help you fall asleep faster. If you are worried about forgetting important things to do in the morning or during the day, write a to-do list and place it somewhere prominent (laptop cover, desk, mirror, door). If you live in a noisy area, try investing in a good pair of noise reducing headphones or ear plugs that can help you fall asleep and block out any noises from outside. Another thing that will help you wake up on time is to go to sleep around the same time every night even on the weekends. This will help your body set up a routine for waking up and then in return it will be easier to wake up during the week. Just remember if you develope a system to falling asleep stick to it and you won’t have any trouble waking up the next morning.
On important dates, set several alarms (clock, cellphone, mp3 player) to make sure that you wake up on time and to help you stay on schedule. Remember that sleep does not work like a bank; you can’t repay your “sleep debt”, so get plenty of sleep.
Pulling an “all-nighter” is not wise. What works best is to have a consistant sleep schedule. This requires discipline, but it can be very helpful in getting the grades you want..