THIS POST IS PART OF DESIGN AND SCHEME’S B2S PREP WEEK.
You probably know what it feels like to be exhausted and still have a list of things to do. You probably also know what the difference is in the work you produce when you are well rested.
Because of this, we can see that getting adequate sleep and having a routine can truly help us to be rested and prepared to face the challenges and activities of the day.
Having a night-time regimen to help you get to sleep and feel rested is an important part of building and maintaining a student’s academic career.
But why is sleep so important?
It’s widely noted that during the time we sleep, there is most like the chance for our body to heal/rejuvenate and that itself impacts our cognitive functions. Any lack of sleep we experience impacts the way we think, react, learn, and interact with people.
Sleep deficiency alters the way our brain functions and that thus impacts our body in total.
So remember, sleep is important for a number of things.
- It improves memory.
- It avoids impaired learning due to sleep deprevation.
- It helps to sharpen your attention.
- It can help to reduce stress.
- It can improve your emotional well-being.
We should be getting at least a minimum of 6 hours a sleep per night, depending on the person. Be cognizant and if you believe you may have a sleep disorder seek help.
To develop a good sleep routine (Schedule):
- First, identify the earliest identifiable hour you need to wake and plan to sleep no later than 6 hours from that time.
- Allow for how long it will take you to fall asleep in your schedule.
- Try to avoid napping or resting within 2 hours of bedtime.
- Develop a before bed routine:
- Prepping for the next day.
- Go to bed when you are sleepy. Use tea, etc to help wind you down.
Now set up a morning routine
For many students and families, the mornings are a flurry of trying to get out of the house and trying to not forget what you need.
Design and Scheme has already produced a discussion on how to develop a morning routine, but for student’s it is important to figure out what works for you.
As mentioned in the study schedule post, you should define whether or not you need to wake early or earlier. Depending on how early you get to school and if you have a study hall class, waking earlier can help you have a few more minutes of studying.
You should grab breakfast of some type. Parents and students can collaborate on quick meals and to go options. Consider things like overnight oatmeal, smoothies packs that are prep to blend, muffins, etc. Or would you like to meet up with friends before school for a quick bite and some tea, cocoa, or coffee?
Exercise routines. Short exercise routines can help wake you up and get your blood and mind running.
Do you take lunch with you, eat out, or get lunch for school? Should you make time to prep it the night before?
These are just a few considerations to have when prepping a students morning routine.