Preparing to Sleep

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by le luxographe

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by le luxographe

1. From the list below, identify any activity you engage in at least an hour before bed.

  • Watching TV
  • Browsing the internet
  • Reading from a backlit device (like a computer/tablet/phone)
  • Doing homework
  • Playing video games
  • Heavy snacking/eating
  • Drinking too many fluids
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Working

2. Select replacement activities from the list below:

  • Hungry? Try a few slices of turkey or a low-fat yogurt to hold you over until morning.

  • Thirsty? Don’t deprive yourself, but avoid fluids before bed; otherwise, it may result in frequent bathroom trips.

  • Bored? Read a book, comic, or article (light reading; no homework and no backlit devices), and stick to a specific bedtime routine: wash your face, brush your teeth, floss, etc.

3. Try better preparing for sleep for 2-3 nights. Describe your sleep suckers and reflect on how well some replacement activities worked for you. Post your reflection.

One thought on “Preparing to Sleep

  1. Luke Stacy

    Before trying this activity I would usually stay up late doing my home work or school work with frequent smoke breaks in between. I would also constantly look at my phone for a “few minutes” but it actually turned out I would be browsing the web for 30 plus minutes. I quickly realized that trying to do homework at late hours was stressful as it was but the constant internet distractions made it worst. Furthermore, I found that the nicotine from my smoke breaks would act like a “booster” or energy shot in which I would spend more time on homework. This got to the point that I would stay up so late that I was not getting enough adequate sleep. To prevent this I cut my homework/school work time off at 10 pm and would just relax around the house and talk to my family. I also quit smoking past ten because it was just motivating me to do work when I knew I would get so consumed in it that I would eventually lose sleep working on it so hard. Finally, I put my phone on sleep mode after 11:00 pm and watched TV. TV is naturally boring to me and I found that I would fall asleep watching it. Overall, I found these steps to be beneficial to me because I was less stressed out and received more sleep at the same time.

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