On Sleep

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I’ve always been a huge sleeper, since I was a little kid. I need at least 8 hours of sleep per night to fully function, and I was never one to pull an all-night in college. My the guys on my freshman floor totally made fun of me when they learned I had always gone to bed by 9 or 9:30 in high school. But I had to wake up around 6:30, and I needed that much sleep to do so!

In college, I was usually up late one night during the week, and that was the night we’d put out our weekly college newspaper. I’d usually go to bed any time between 1 am and 3 am, and this was every Tuesday, sophomore through senior year. (By senior year I kind of stopped caring what time it was when we wrapped up and would go to the nearby 24-hour Cold Stone ice cream store with my managing editor and gossip about boys. The good old days!).

But on the other nights, I was always in bed around 10:30 or so. Currently, being on a school day schedule, I also aim to go to bed around the same time. I’m also one of those lucky people who can sleep no matter what. Stress does not keep me up at night (it just drives me crazy during the day!). In fact, if I’m super anxious or stressed out, I’ll sleep/nap even more than usual. Napping is actually a kind of new-to-me thing–I didn’t start taking naps until my senior year of college, because I used to always feel sick and gross after I woke up. But omg, naps are the best thing ever.

Anyway, if you’re looking to add a little more sleep to your life, here are my tips:

1. Invest in a comfy mattress/sheet set. The first item is a little more $$$ than the second, but I absolutely love my mattress (it seriously feels like a cloud) and sleep so well on it. My gingham flannel sheets (love love love!) were inexpensive but are also super soft and cozy. Whether you like rock hard mattresses or cloud-like ones like mine, I guarantee you won’t regret spending some extra money on something nice.

2. Keep your phone across the room. This isn’t exactly a novel idea, but it’s definitely worked for me. The way the outlets are in my room, keeping my phone charging on my nightstand isn’t really an option, but this has been a blessing in disguise! I’m no longer tempted to see who Snapchatted me or texted back after I’d gone to bed…all of that will have to wait until the morning. It’s also helped me get up and actually turn off my alarm rather than pressing snooze constantly (although let’s be real, sometimes I totally press snooze and bring my phone into bed with me until my next alarm goes off).

3. Think about how you’ll feel in the morning. I need to start doing this more often, because there are so many times where it’s 10 or 10:30 and I’m not remotely tired and just want to keep texting/reading my book/watching Netflix instead of getting ready for bed. However, feeling well-rested when I wake up (which I’ll admit is rare, despite the amount of sleep I get) makes for a much better start to the day (especially when you start early, like me!).

Right now, I’m thankful that I can sleep through almost anything after having lived in NYC. There’s super loud construction going on outside my apartment, and I always feel bad when I have guests in town. The guys start their day right around the time I’m getting ready for work, but they’re there working on the weekends, too, which can definitely be a bit disruptive if you’re not used to noise…

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