Students studying intensely can struggle to fall asleep or wake up in the middle of the night with their minds racing. Here are three techniques to help exam insomnia.
- Take an observer’s stance. Notice where your mind is going and jot down your observations and problem-solving thoughts on a notepad.
- Calm yourself by slowing your breaths down to 4-6 per minute and count 10 of them.
- Do not try to sleep, instead create bedtime conditions where your body falls asleep.
Conditions that tell your body it is bedtime include: exercise during the day (but a few hours before bedtime), get up at the same time each day, create an evening wind-down ritual and a bedroom with soft lighting.