Tips and Tricks: How to Improve Your Sleep Patters


Check out these tips and tricks to help you get a better night’s sleep.

Consistency is Key

Creating a sleep routine can help train our bodies to fall asleep and wake up at a certain time, making both processes a lot smoother. It is important to try to remain consistent with this routine every day, including weekends and holidays.

Sleep Suffers with Stress

Whether studying for a big test or warming up for an upcoming game, the life of a Hockaday student is filled with stress, which then causes our bodies to secrete the stress hormone cortisol. This hormonal release leaves us more alert but can disrupt sleep, so experts suggest writing down the sources of stress and storing them away before bed.

Say “Later” to Late Night Snacks

A midnight junk food craze may be tempting but research shows that when people stop eating several hours before going to bed they tend to sleep better. However, late-night snacking can be okay, depending on the type of food and how easily it is digested.

Story and photos by Amelia Brown, Sports Editor