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Apr 30

SURVIVE: Preparing to Sleep

3215868087_cce5882430_n1. From the list below, identify any activity you engage in at least an hour before bed.

  • Watching TV
  • Browsing the internet
  • Reading from a backlit device (like a computer/tablet/phone)
  • Doing homework
  • Playing video games
  • Heavy snacking/eating
  • Drinking too many fluids
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Working

2. Select replacement activities from the list below:

  • Hungry? Try a few slices of turkey or a low-fat yogurt to hold you over until morning.

  • Thirsty? Don’t deprive yourself, but avoid fluids before bed; otherwise, it may result in frequent bathroom trips.

  • Bored? Read a book, comic, or article (light reading; no homework and no backlit devices), and stick to a specific bedtime routine: wash your face, brush your teeth, floss, etc.

3. Try better preparing for sleep for 2-3 nights. Describe your sleep suckers and reflect on how well some replacement activities worked for you. Post your reflection.

1 comment

  1. Kevmartz11

    Everyday I spend most of my free time until bedtime browsing the internet on my computer, playing video games, and doing my homework. Recently I started eating a lot of unhealthy snacks while doing the first activity.

    I replaced my unhealthy snacks for slices of apple. I found that I reduced the amount of food that I eat in the night. I always drink water to keep myself hydrated. I also tried going to the bathroom to brush my teeth and use the toilet for the release of the bodily fluids that have accumulated for the night after I’m done for the day. I found that I fall asleep much faster than if I do it before I’m done. This routine gave my day some sort of closure, so I’ll be doing it for now on. As for my homework, I always try to do it in the afternoon so that my night is free. I applied this method more effectively, and found that my homework takes less time to complete in the afternoon than in the evenings. I think that this is because of the brain is usually more active during the day than at night.

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