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Brock University Students: Hack Your Sleep Cycle to Wake Up Rested

Brock University Students: Hack Your Sleep Cycle to Wake Up Rested

Early morning classes are the bane of many Brock University students. It’s hard to get out of bed, especially when you’re not in the habit of waking up early. If you find yourself dragging yourself to class, here are a few tips.

Wake Up at the Same Time Each Morning

Throughout the day and night, your body orchestrates a complex cycle of hormones that make you feel tired or alert. Even if you don’t fall asleep right on time each night, waking up at the same time each morning helps your body know when it’s time to release hormones such as cortisol that help you feel awake and energized for the day.

Consider Using Light Filters for Phones or Electronics

Browsing phones or other electronics before bed helps many students decompress after a long day. However, light from these electronics tricks your body into thinking it’s daytime, which means that less sleep-promoting hormones like melatonin are released. You can either try putting away electronics a few hours before bed or, if you need to work late, try using software such as f.lux that filters out melatonin-inhibiting blue light.

Hack Your Body Temperature

As bedtime approaches, your metabolism slows down and your body temperature drops. This drop in body temperature helps you feel sleepy, and keeping cool throughout the night helps you stay asleep. There are a few ways to support a drop in body temperature before bed:

  1. Take a warm bath or shower. Afterward, your body will feel like it’s cooling off after being in a warm environment.
  2. Lower the temperature in your room (if you have access to the thermostat). Alternatively, use lighter blankets or, in hot summer months, you can even try an ice pack in the sheets.

Skip Coffee, Have a Snack

At least six hours before bed, consider stopping coffee or switching to decaf. While some people are less affected by caffeine than others, coffee and other stimulants might be making you groggy in the morning by decreasing the quality of your deep sleep.

If you still find that you’re waking up sleepy or can’t stay asleep, try having a light snack before bed. Dips in blood sugar overnight can prompt your body to release adrenaline, making it harder for you to stay asleep.

Of course, if you’re chronically tired, make sure to see a healthcare professional to rule out health-related causes. Morning classes or not, every Brock University student deserves to wake up feeling ready to tackle the day!

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