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3 Ways To Sort Your Sleeping Pattern After School Hols

words by Year13

If you spend your school days waking up super early, when hols roll around you’re probably fully utilising the opportunity to sleep past lunch and stay up all night binge watching whatever you can get your hands on.

Setting up camp in your bed for the entirety of your holidays is great until you realise that school will eventually go back and you’ll be forced to endure early alarms and regular bed times all over again.

Avoid the usual pain that comes with your phone jolting you awake first day back and sort out your sleeping schedule; your future self will thank you.

1. Use a sleep calculator

This nifty little site will tell you when you should go to bed if you have a specific time to wake up in the morning or what time you should wake up if you know when you’ll be hitting the hay.  It’s based off the idea that most sleep cycles last around 90 minutes, and it’s easier to get out of bed in between these cycles rather than right in the middle of one.

Basically, it does the sleeping math for you so you can get a solid sleep and not feel so out of it when your alarm goes off. It’s not 100% scientifically sound, but hey, it’s worth a crack to try and get your sleeping pattern back up to scratch.

2. Set a bed time

Something that is scientifically sound is that your body loves a good routine. If you can set a specific time to go to bed and wake up each morning your body will get into the groove and set your body clock in a regular rhythm. It’s not a massive deal what times you choose, but obviously, you want to be getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep and it’s super helpful if you can get some natural light in your room when you wake up–it’ll help with that grogginess and get you going for the rest of the day.

3. Have one alarm

If you’re anything like me you probably have a minimum of three alarms set up on your phone every morning. You’ll snooze your way through the first couple, contemplate how important your attendance is, fall back asleep then drag yourself out of bed ten minutes after the last one goes off. Aim to get up first time, every time and avoid hitting snooze as much as possible.

Turns out the extra ten mins of sleep you’re scraping together by pausing your alarm isn’t really that great for you anyway, who knew?

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