Personal Wellness Topics / Getting Enough Sleep

Getting Enough Sleep

You know how your parents used to force you to go to bed really early when you were a kid? But you had tons of other kid things you'd rather do, like play with Legos, and cut off all your Barbie's hair. So sometimes you'd skip nap time, or refuse to go to bed. Remember?

Well, going overseas on an education abroad program is kind of like being a kid. There are all sorts of fun places to go, new foods to try, and friends to meet. You're going to have plenty of better things to do than going to bed at a reasonable time...but bedtimes, structure, and getting consistent sleep is essential to staying healthy and making the most out of your program abroad.

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Keep Tech out of the Bedroom

Limiting screen time before bed will help you fall asleep faster and better. Staying up to chat with family, friends, or keep up with social media may be tempting, but could drain you.

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Pillow Talk

If you have a favorite pillow that you can't sleep without, put it in your checked bag, or use it on the flight...unless it's a body pillow...or a giant bear from Costco.

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Plan for Sleep

Plan to sleep 7-8 hours a night. You can't use this as an excuse to skip early morning classes, but getting that rest will keep you energized throughout the day.

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Stick to a Schedule

Bedtimes may have been lame when you were 12, and we may sound lame saying this, but having a consistent sleep schedule will train your body and keep you healthy (and less grumpy).