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Tips for College Insomnia
I always had a problem with waking up in the morning, but never really had any with falling asleep when I was a kid and even when I was in high school. That kind of changed after going to college. I used to toss and turn in the night for long time before falling to sleep (sometimes thanks to my roommate and her boyfriend). I still had difficulty with waking up in the morning (the problem aggravated because of my sleeplessness). I was frustrated and on the verge of taking medication. That’s when I started talking to my friends and acquaintances. I was surprised to know that many of them also have a problem with sleeping. That was when I started to change my college habits and tried to eliminate the cause of my college insomnia, which was stress.
College sleepless can be caused by many reasons. While stress and stimulants remain the top culprits, eating and lifestyle habits also determine how effectively your body functions. Cultivating healthy long term lifestyle habits such as eating healthy and exercising regularly is the best way to get rid of insomnia. This process takes time, requires you to have determination and put in effort. So, it is always a good idea to look for fast natural remedies that can help you sleep well in the mean time. Here are a few quick tips to combat stress and get better sleep at night:
- Exercising - Physical activity stimulates brain to release feel good hormones called endorphins. These are more powerful than morphine in their sedating effect. Involving yourself in some kind of exercise 3 to 4 hours before bedtime is very effective in battling sleeplessness. If you don’t have a lot of time, you can run on a treadmill in your university gym or perform some body weight exercises like squats in your room. Exercise also boosts blood and lymph circulation throughout the body and to the brain. You can relax and reduce your stress into the productive way to sleep better at night through moving your body.
- Aroma therapy - Chamomile and lavender essential oils smell divine and can relax your mind and hence your body. Sprinkle a few drops of chamomile on your pillow or on cotton balls and place them beside your pillow to doze off into a pleasant sleep.
- Meditation - This is my favorite technique because it’s simple and very effective. You need to be able calm your thoughts to reduce stress and relax. Spend a few minutes to blank your mind every night before going to bed. If you are new to meditating, use essential oils to first relax.
- Music - Hearing to pleasant meditation music is very healing. I play my list of songs whenever I feel tensed and not just to sleep at night. According to many studies, calming music does wonders on the brain and body.
- Essential salts - If you are living off-campus and have your own bath tub, you should definitely consider treating yourself with bubble baths. Put some Epsom salts into your bath water and soak in it for a half-hour to relax your muscles and boost blood circulation.
- Say no to coffee or alcohol - Many college kids go to parties and drink alcohol at night, which is not good idea for sleep as alcohol can dehydrate the body. Some drink excessive amount coffee in the evening while studying. Stay from coffee as caffeine is a nervous system stimulant. Taking in stimulants do nothing to help with falling asleep.
- Stay away from oily greasy food - This goes without saying because you can’t go to sleep with an upset stomach.