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I want to improve my sleep

It's important that you try to keep a good sleep routine, especially around important deadlines and exams.

Here are some sleep tips:

  • While you might feel tempted to pull an 'all nighter' before an exam, research shows you need between 6 to 9 hours of sleep to function properly. This varies from person to person
  • The same goes for naps. While some people can nap for 20 minutes, feel refreshed and still sleep well at night, they don’t work at all for other people
  • The amount of sleep you get also affects your ability to properly encode memories i.e. what you've just spent the day studying!
  • What you do through the day affects your ability to sleep at night. Doing some physical activity, eating a balanced diet, not drinking caffeine in the afternoons, and getting enough daylight in the mornings can help
  • Routine is really important when it comes to your sleep. Try sticking to a regular bedtime and wake time, even on the weekends
  • Try a sleep podcast to help you nod off
  • Read this UNIHEADS blog on how to supercharge your sleep
  • Togetherall have a self-help course on improving sleep which you may like to work through

If you find yourself struggling with sleep longer term and this is getting in the way of your daily activities, speak with your GP. The NHS also has some more information.

Watch this TEDX video on tricking your brain into falling asleep.

Watch this TEDX video on 6 tips for a better night's sleep.

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