A guide to better sleep for the aspiring well-rested

We all know sleep is crucial to just about every aspect of our lives. With a full night of sleep, our bodies are able to repair themselves and therefore, we tend to feel better and think sharper after dedicating the right amount of hours (which is different for everyone) to uninterrupted restorative sleep.

This is coming from someone who used to go to bed at around 3-3:30 a.m. and wake up for school at 6:30 a.m. and was then expected to function at high capacity for seven hours – and that was only if I didn’t have extracurricular activities or work after school. Ask anyone who has been there, and the result is almost never a pleasant or positive one.

Eventually, there comes a point when coffee doesn’t put enough of a skip in your step and you officially find yourself dozing at your desk or zoning out during an important meeting. If I’m being completely honest, I had a morning where I starting pouring sugar into my iced coffee before I had removed the lid from the cup… not a good look.

You get the gist – sleep is important – but for some, getting proper sleep is easier said than done. With stress, anxiety and distractions galore (I’m looking at you, Facebook), sleep doesn’t always come easily and for some, it doesn’t come at all.

While it is a fairly common issue in the most general sense, it can especially cause strife for those with variations of anxiety disorders. Regardless of whether or not that describes you, this article from Harvard Medical School has tips that can help – check it out: http://www.health.harvard.edu/anxiety/tips-for-a-better-nights-sleep