1) Get into a routine! Sure, sometimes you get bogged down by work and there’s always that sneaky You Tube video that is begging to get your attention, but making an effort to stick to a set time each night will also get your life clock feeling naturally drowsy at a certain time.
2) Limit caffeine after 4pm. Coffee is great, don’t get me wrong, but when it gets to the point of just drinking because you are addicted to it, then you know you’ve got a problem. If you know you have that dreaded assignment that you have to stay up for later tonight, it’s better to take a nap in the afternoon than load up on energy drinks, soft drinks and coffee.
3) Just close your eyes. Sounds simple, right? Well, sometimes simplicity is the best. There’s a little trick that always works. Avoid distractions and just lie still. Let your toes go numb so you don’t feel them. Work your way up to your knees and so on. Chances are, you will wake up in the morning without realising where you got up to.
4) Listen to soothing music. Having some background noise that triggers some memory or far off relaxation will help calm your body to a state of sleep.
5) Don’t do strenuous exercise before bed. We’re not saying you have to find yoga cool but don’t run up and down the stairs before you go to bed because it will just keep your heart rate up.
6) Avoid heavy meals 4 hours before bedtime. Having a full stomach will sometimes aid in feelings of discomfort when trying to get to sleep.
7) Drink something warm! Something like warm milk and drinks with no sugar or caffeine will help calm your body.
8) Take a warm shower! Having the warm water massage against your skin will help relax you just before going to bed. Try to avoid washing your hair though, unless you really have to.