My Bed Is Uncomfortable
- A foam mattress pad can totally get rid of springs! Yale Bookstore has them for ~$20, totally an investment.
How to Wake Up Vivaciously Every Day
I actually never wake up groggy, sleep or no sleep. Sleep science is real! Try it sometime;D
(Okay, so once in a while I don't wake up beautifully - but it's almost always from an alarm-setting mistake!)
The Science - Sleep Cycles:
- The clearest source online: http://helpguide.org/life/sleeping.htm#cycle
- Your body goes many sleep cycles every night, usually about 1.5h.
- You should only attempt to wake up during shallowest part of the cycle.
- You just need to know what your baseline is (where the shallowest part is).
- Assuming you fall asleep when you lay down, your baseline is probably something like (7.5h +/- 1.5h)
- Assuming it takes you 14 minutes to fall asleep, this website will do the math for you: http://www.sleepyti.me/
- This baseline changes depending on how well/un-rested you are, and that's the hard part to keep track of.
- An example: you snooze 30 min before waking up
- That shows you where the "baseline" is!
- You could change your bedtime or your alarm to prevent this the next day.
- Go to bed 30 min earlier if you can (obvious right?)
- OR try setting your alarm back 60 minutes the next day. It's magic!
- Or download the SleepCycle app for the iPhone. You put it on your bed when you're sleeping and it monitors which stage of the sleep cycle you're in, based on how much you are moving in your sleep. You set the alarm for the latest possible time you need to get up, and starting 30 minutes before that time, it will decide when it is smart for you to wake up (it's better to wake up during certain parts of your sleep cycle than others i.e. don't wake up during REM).
List of places to take naps
- Your room or suite, of course!
- If you can sleep in a sitting position, any desk/study carrel in a quiet place will work for you. Libraries are perfect for this.
- Common rooms in residential colleges often have couches that you can lay down on, as long as you're not afraid of the public attention.
- On a nice day, consider taking a nap on Cross Campus, Old Campus, your college's courtyard, the courtyard in SML, or the KBT courtyard.
Maybe your computer is keeping you up?
If you do a lot of computer work right before bed, the bright light from your computer could be making your eyes tired, or keeping you from sleeping, or something!
- F.lux automatically adjusts the brightness of your screen throughout the day to keep your eyes (and thus you) well -rested. http://stereopsis.com/flux/ (Available for PCs and Macs).