This past year, during my independent studying for the USMLE Step 1 and taking a review course for the exam, I feel like I have been constantly tired 24/7. I feel like I was able to manage my sleep better when I was actually in classes and had something to get up for. It can be really hard to maintain a decent sleep routine while you are independent-studying, especially if you do not have a job or something to get up for. It can be so easy to hit the snooze button and want to sleep in “just 5 more minutes” – which usually ends up being a couple more hours. When I sleep in on my days off, I feel like my routine is thrown off. I feel like I wasted part of my mornings sleeping in. However, my mom told me that when I do sleep in on my days off, chances are I really needed to catch up on that sleep from the days that I woke up early. It’s okay to sleep in every once in awhile and refresh your mind and body with the extra sleep because studying takes a huge toll on us in all aspects of our lives.
Ever since I got my new mattress I have really struggled getting up in the mornings. It took me ages to find a new mattress, it is quite a tricky job. You can’t just buy any old one, it takes time looking through lots of reviews on sites like Casper vs Leesa to find the right one. Review.org recently published its Casper mattress review worth checking out. It is recommended you change your mattress every 5-7 years, so maybe its time for you to upgrade?
Anyway, during the days that I need to be up early, there are some ways that I ensure I get up on time to stick to my routine. I go to a gym where you have to pre-register for the exercise classes, so I make sure to schedule mine first thing in the morning. This gives me something to wake up to, and once I’m up and worked out, it makes it that much easier to get my day started. Another tip is to make sure I sleep earlier at nights, to make my mornings easier. This routine takes time, but eventually, I am tired earlier in the evenings when I am getting up earlier in the mornings. What are your tips on maintaining a decent sleep routine in medical school?