PsychPowerGod: 10 Healthy (And a Few Unhealthy) Ways To Fend Off Insomnia

It has happened to all of us. Lying in bed—can’t sleep. Not even a late night Hulu session can do the trick. It’s time to nip this problem in the bud. Here are some healthy ways to get the well-deserved sleep you need:

  1. Exercise more. It wouldn’t kill you to take off those sweatpants you’ve been wearing since Presidents Day weekend and head over to the OMAC.
  2. Don’t nap. It will likely make you less tired come bedtime.
  3. Avoid doing work on or in your bed. You want your bed to be a soporific sanctuary, not a worry ward.
  4. Steer clear of caffeine (and other stimulants) after the sun sets.
  5. Try to maintain a regular sleep pattern. Going to bed around the same time every night can help normalize your biological clock.
  6. Stop stressing about it! Worrying about insomnia can make it worse. Put sleep on the back burner and focus on other things.
  7. Avoid bright lights when approaching bedtime. Light late at night can trick your body into thinking it is daytime.
  8. Get off before you doze off. Take a page out of Marvin Gaye’s book and try some Sexual Healing.
  9. Meditate before bed. It will calm your nervous system and clear your head.
  10. Melatonin. This naturally occurring hormone is secreted by your pineal gland and can be taken over the counter to treat insomnia.

And of course there are the less healthy methods:

  1. Alcohol. From a glass of red wine to the SciLi Challenge, alcohol can help get the job done. While it might help you pass out fall into a slumber more easily, BEWARE, because too much of it will reduce the quality of your sleep.
  2. Marijuana. Mary Jane is probably good at tucking you in, but her continual use before bed may cause an unhealthy dependency.
  3. The Owen Wilson method. It’s quick, effective, and kind of scary.

PsychPowerGod: Is Facebook Bumming Us Out?

From taking exams to taking shots, from attending section to having sexction, from smoking Buddha to learning about Buddha, college is defined by a variety of experiences. Whether you know it or not, all of these experiences affect your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This new series hopes to explore and discuss the psychology behind phenomena you might otherwise overlook. Item one on the menu is the depressive nature of Facebook:

Let’s be real. When was the last time you were stalking that person’s Facebook whom you secretly admire (be patient, Valentines Day is near!) and found yourself thinking, “Wow. This person has a lot of friends and seems to be having an inordinate amount of fun in every one of his/her photos.”

According to a recent article in Slate Magazine, Facebook may be, in fact, making us feel crummy. And seeing as depression is on the rise in college students, is it possible that Facebook is to blame? Continue Reading