school is stressful, and human interaction can literally drain the life out of you (where my fellow introverts at?) No matter what's going on in life, getting at least 8 hours of sleep on school nights is the one factor I try to stick with. Yep, it can certainly be a challenge, considering how other things like:

-homework
-family
-exercising
-teams or clubs
-binge watching
-food
-fangirling

all require the upmost attention. Here's a few tricks that I use to wind down, and attempt to not look like a red-eyed sociopath during the week.

1. progressive muscle relaxation

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PMR is one of the most effective keys to getting a glorious night of sleep. The movements are simple, and can be done at any time, but is best when ready for bed. Tons of PMR videos can be found on Youtube, but I would recommend this one. If you can follow through with the whole video without falling asleep, go for it!

I was out like a light in the first 7 minutes

2. chamomile tea

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chamomile tea is a natural remedy for easing anxiety, upset stomachs, and sleeping troubles. At least 30 minutes before bed, make your tea, and maybe even crack open a book (not a cold one with the boys). This'll help to settle any nerves that'll often bother you when trying to sleep.

I always add a spoonful of honey... for the sake of tradition

3. white noise

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whenever I become stir crazy, it's always because of the eery silence; it feels like my brain simply doesn't want to rest. Lucky for us, I've discovered sleep machines. They're small, compact, plug-in devices, and basically just emit the peaceful sound of white noise. Here's the link to the one I use.

https://www.amazon.com/Marpac-Dohm-DS-Natural-Sound-Machine/dp/B00HD0ELFK/ref=sr_1_4_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1507246476&sr=1-4&keywords=sleep%2Bmachine&th=1

if $60 doesn't tickle your fancy, don't worry, white noise apps are actually a thing

4. other tips

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- avoid social media before bed; yes, even WHI - use body cream to relax - listen to jazz, or ambient music https://soundcloud.com/user-202574934/sets/chill - schedule or journal anything you'd like to do tomorrow

happy sleeping!