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We are a couple weeks back into school now, so the stress is probably starting to set in. Tests and papers and deadlines are piling up, and you probably feel the need to pull some all-nighters — don’t. Not only is lack of sleep going to negatively affect your mood and stress levels, but it will affect your schoolwork as well. Having a nightly routine is essential for getting a good night’s rest so I thought I would share my favorite parts of my nightly routine.

Get Ready For Tomorrow.

Set out your outfit of the day, wash and style your hair and set your alarm. I like to write out my day’s schedule in my planner the night before just so everything is organized and ready for the morning! If you have an important meeting or class, having everything laid out and ready to go will truly make your morning go by with ease.

Scroll On Your Phone.

I know you have been told for years and years not to scroll on your phone before bed, but most of the time you can’t help yourself. If getting a good laugh from a TikTok or Tweet makes you happy and relaxes you for bed, go for it! Just try and put your phone away at least an hour before you actually need to sleep.

Wind down.

Write in a journal, read a book, turn on your white noise and detox from the day. Try not to worry about that big test or assignment due that you would normally spend your night stressing over. Cramming is known to be less effective than  studying a couple days in advance. Save yourself the stress and get a good night’s sleep instead.

Sleep is one of the most important things for college students. A good bedtime routine could be the key to acing this semester. Find a routine that works for you and try and make it a habit. Sweet dreams, collegiettes! 

Amira is currently a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is always smiling with a kombucha in her hand & blasting her multiple Céline Dion CD's in her car because duh, the radio can't beat Céline Dion. On any given day she will gladly talk your ear off about Grey's Anatomy, stronger background checks for gun purchases and why immigrants are some of the most important members of our society.
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