Whether you are a parent, a student, a grandparent or a teacher, back to school time means a shift from a relaxed summer schedule to the regular school routine! If you had a great summer with plenty of downtime, then returning to school can be a bit of a shock. And those changes can affect a crucial component of your (or your child's) academic success: your sleep. So here are five tips to help you adjust back into your school routine and make sure you can focus on great sleeps:
- Get used to the routine: Instead of cramming into a new sleep schedule, gradually adjust towards your school one. Slowly change your summertime sleep patterns until it comes close to your new one.
- Weekend = weekday: This can be a difficult one, especially for students, but try to keep your weekend sleep schedule as close to your weekday one as much as possible. Your body operates best with a routine!
- Put down the phone: It's hard to sleep when friends and classmates keep texting. So when you want to sleep, put that phone away in a different room so that you can focus on sleeping.
- Nutrition: Wings and chips are tasty, but too many treat foods will affect your ability to sleep. Limit the treats and the caffeine, especially later in the day.
- Make it relaxing: What helps with a good night's sleep? A comfy bedroom. Make sure your room is dark, quiet, and somewhat cool. This will encourage your body to sleep and stay asleep. Happy snoozing!
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