Chelsea Crockett

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How to Feel Awake After a Bad Night’s Sleep

We have all had those nights when we feel like we toss and turn all night and wake up feeling like we never actually fell asleep. There is nothing worse…

We have all had those nights when we feel like we toss and turn all night and wake up feeling like we never actually fell asleep. There is nothing worse than waking up feeling exhausted! I have a feeling I am going to find myself having nights with little sleep during my college career, so I went on a search for ways to recover from a bad night’s sleep or from little sleep. Here are 4 of the best ways to feel more energized and awake after a rough night’s sleep. Just because you slept bad doesn’t mean you have to feel miserable!

  1. Watch out for caffeine: A cup of coffee in the morning is just fine, but try to avoid caffeine in the afternoon. If you drink anything with caffeine in it within 4 hours of bed time it can mess up your sleep.
  2. Drink plenty of H2O: Bad sleep leads to dehydration because you are up longer and are using up your body’s natural reserves. Being dehydrated can lead to you feeling even MORE tired, so keep water handy and drink up.
  3. Get some Vitamin D and take a walk: Getting 15 minutes of sunlight in the a.m. helps reset your body clock and increases your body’s levels of serotonin, which increases your mood and energy! Also, getting a quick walk in will help you reduce your fatigue and wake your body up.
  4. Take a cold shower: This doesn’t sound appealing to me at all! But, cold showers can give you a jolt of energy because the splash of cold increases your breathing and oxygen intake, which increases your heart rate and blood flow, which energizes you!

I know these tips will come in handy the next 4 years of college.

XOXO, Chels

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Apps to Help you Get the Most Out of Your Sleep

Being as busy as I am, and as most high school students are, sleep is a hot commodity! I don’t get much of it. I’m always open to finding new…

Being as busy as I am, and as most high school students are, sleep is a hot commodity! I don’t get much of it. I’m always open to finding new ways to get the most out of the shuteye that I DO get, and I found a few useful phone aps to help me do just that! Since I’m on my phone a lot, I figured it was a good tool to help me maximize my sleepy time.

  1. “SleepCycle”: Turn on the app, then place your phone under your pillow. It will wake you up in the lightest part of your sleep cycle so you feel refreshed when you wake up. This is a good app for days when you don’t need to get up at a certain time or for nap times.
  2. “Spin Me”: This app acts as your alarm, and the only way to turn it off is to spin around a few times! No snooze button for you!plexusdesign33_1x
  3. Spotify’s “Wake Up Happy” playlist: Download the Spotify app and add the “Wake Up Happy” playlist to your library. Listen to this when you get up in the morning to help you feel happy and ready for the day.
  4. lux: This app helps prevent you from being kept up by your phone. We all know that you aren’t supposed to be looking at screens at night because the “blue light” emitted by your phone’s screen signals your brain to keep you awake. The app adjusts your phone’s color based on your local sunset time, which will eliminate the “blue light”, helping you fall asleep faster.

Happy snoozing!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Lately I have been having issues with getting a good 8 hours of sleep in. Between school, church activities, school, filming and editing, and spending time with friends, I have…

Lately I have been having issues with getting a good 8 hours of sleep in. Between school, church activities, school, filming and editing, and spending time with friends, I have a hard time getting my 8 hours in! Even though that is the case, I know how important a good night’s sleep is, and I try to take naps when I can to balance out my sleep schedule. Here are 3 ways you can get the most out of your sleep so you can have enough energy to conquer the world!

  1. The best time to nap is between 1-3 pm: Studies say that you are the most awake during the day between 7-9 a.m., and your alertness levels start to drop after 11 a.m. between 1 and 3 p.m. you are at the lowest energy level if your whole day. That is why this is the best time to take a quick nap! Now I know that you are probably in school during this time, but on breaks and weekends keep this in mind!images (1)
  2. Drink coffee before your nap: That sounds a little backwards, right? Caffine takes 20 minutes to start waking you up, so drinking a cup of joe right before you sleep will mean it kicks in right around when you wake up. This helps with that groggy “where am I and what year is it” feeling right after you wake up!
  3. Cut down the screen time: An hour or two before bed, it is important to limit the amount of time you are looking at your phone and the TV. The blue light that is given off from those devices has been shown to suppress the production of melatonin, which is what your body produces to help you sleep. If you are on your phone or watching tv before bed, dim the screen as much as you can to reduce that blue glow.

Hopefully these tips help you catch some zzzz’s.

XOXO, Chels

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4 Reasons You’re Failing to Fall Asleep

Sleep: something that I always want more of but can never seem to get enough of. Sometimes I try and go to bed at a reasonable hour, but it takes…

Sleep: something that I always want more of but can never seem to get enough of. Sometimes I try and go to bed at a reasonable hour, but it takes me sooo long to fall asleep that it is no better than staying up late. Our generation has a tough time with sleep because of all of the distractions around us and because of our before-bed habits. We are supposed to get around 7-9 hours of sleep, but it is so hard to do! Here are 4 reasons why you may be having trouble getting some shut-eye. 

1. You eat a big dinner before you go to bed.f95173345f29ad4e005b86268f260add72afe595e173f827c99baae58de838f5

I had a doctor tell me once that the reason I was having trouble falling asleep was because I was eating my meals too late at night and my body was working so hard to digest my food that it wouldn’t let me fall asleep. Big dinners with fatty foods take long to digest so they keep your body awake, so try and eat a larger lunch and a smaller, healthier dinner! 

2. Caffination situation.

Yes, that soda you had at 9 pm was delicious, but it was also packed with caffine that will keep you buzzing for hours. Don’t drink caffine after 2 pm. This will give it time to metabolize and won’t stimulate you into the night. 

3. One word: Netflix. 

I know you want to catch up on the latest season of PLL, but one episode can become a 4 hour binge and before you know it the clock says it is 3 a.m. and you have to work at 8 a.m.! Yikes. Plus, all of that viewing can affect your body’s melatonin production, which helps your body create that sleepy feeling you get. Power down and let the sand man take over. 

4. You HAVE to catch up on your social media. 

You may think that browsing your insta one last time will help you calm down and settle in for the night, but that is actually not the case! Studies show that teens who unplug and stay away from social media before bed sleep better and longer! 

 Does any of this sound like you? I have to work on powering down my cell and turning off my Netflix earlier so that I can enjoy better sleep. What about you? 

XOXO, Chels 

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