The 21 day challenge

The 21 Day challenge! Don’t close the tab. This is not about squats.

😜 Hey guys! I know me and eme have been m.i.a and I promise you it’s not intentional. We actually just resumed the torture that is school! But that’s none of your business so I’ll get right to it.

90% of our readers are students and we recently got back from the Christmas break. Now I know how this went down. As soon as finals were over, you downloaded the last two seasons of scandal or how I met your mother and you couldn’t bear the suspense so you were watching episodes all night long and you subsequently messed up your sleeping pattern. Don’t worry, I’m guilty too. But the problem is, school has started and your sleeping pattern is still a mess. That’s where this 21 day challenge comes in.

I’ve read a lot of articles with people saying that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. And it’s an interesting phenomenon considering the fact that a lot of people swear by it. So I’ve decided to give it a go and you should too. If your sleeping pattern is messed up, that is.

Here’s what you’ll need to do;

– Set a bedtime: you need a minimum of 8 hours sleep so you have to decide what time you need to be up, (That’s mostly 6am) then sleep 8 hours before (10pm). So the latest bedtime is 10.

– Get an alarm: alarms are your best friend! If they don’t work for you, it’s probably because it’s always close enough for you to snooze immediately it goes off. Try putting it on a table far away from your bed but make sure it’s loud enough to wake you up. Having to get up to snooze the alarm or put it off reduces your chances of going back to bed. If you’re willing to try something more interesting, here are some links to fun alarm clocks you can buy;

Tocky Runaway Alarm Clock

Genuine Hotrod Hardware Drag Racing Alarm Clock

– Start telling your friends goodnight at least one hour before bedtime. That way, they’ll stop sending you messages and it’ll make it a lot easier for you to fall asleep.

– If you’re sleepy before your bedtime, sleep. Don’t try to stay awake till your actual bedtime. Chances are, when you lose that sleepiness, it won’t come back for a while.

– Do something relaxing. Shower, drink a cup of tea, meditate, just do whatever helps you sleep at night.

– Shut down your laptop completely. No, don’t close it. Shut it down. If you shut down your laptop 30 minutes before bed and put it on a table, not on your bed, the thought of having to get up and restart it again will discourage you from trying. And without your laptop throwing all its fine light in your face, you will sleep earlier and better.

The trick is to try this for 21 days and at the end of those 21 days, you’d have snapped that sleeping pattern right back into shape! Nobody ever wants to get caught sleeping on the job. Especially on camera! So try it. There’s nothing to lose 😉 I wish you a very productive week.

-Teema

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