The June holidays are over and it’s back to reality! If you’re finding it difficult to bid farewell to all-day binge-watching sessions, sleepovers with the BFFs and the freedom to snooze whenever, here are some handy tips to help you switch back to ‘school mode’, pronto.
Readjust Your Bedtime
No more staying up till sunrise just because you know you can sleep in the next day. Make it a point to change your bedtime back to its regular timing, ensuring you’ve estimated enough hours of rest for yourself in preparation for the day ahead. It might take a while to accustom yourself back to your normal sleep timing, but once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you won’t feel comfortable snoozing any later.
Cut Out Napping
It’s not about the quantity of sleep you have, but the quality – and having spontaneous naps throughout the day is the easiest way to mess up your nightly sleep cycle. Sure, they can be irresistible – especially on chilly afternoons with rain pattering at your bedroom window – but don’t give in! If you’re in desperate desire of a snooze however, it’s wise to keep it to 20 minutes and below.
Stop Having Distractions
For all you nocturnal creatures of the night, we totally get it when you abruptly function best at dusk and launch into a storm of activities just as the rest of the family are preparing to hit the sack. Get rid of all distractions – put your laptop away, resist the urge for bedroom dancing, say ‘goodnight’ to your group chats – to shift your focus to be solely on getting a good night’s rest.
Stick To A Sleep Schedule
Switching up your bedroom timing is one thing, but sticking to an optimal duration of rest is another. Ensure you have sufficient hours of slumber each night (studies share that seven to eight hours per night works best for most), and refuse to allow any situation to result in otherwise. So that means no more late night movie screenings and supper sessions…
Avoid Late-Night Snacking
While we’re on the topic of food, putting away with late-night hunger pangs will also help you sleep better. Stay away from food, especially caffeine found in coffee, tea or soft drinks after dinner, as they can stimulate your mind to keep you up. Sleep it off instead – the last thing you’d want is insomnia the night before an important day to stay alert for!
Get In The Mood
Try as you might, but feeling your eyelids gradually getting heavy won’t be as easy without the right setting. Set your room to be the right temperature, treat yourself to a nice, warm shower, and cosy up in your sheets as your prepare to doze off into your dreams awaiting.
How are you preparing to reset your body clock? Let us know in the comments below.