When exams hit, it can feel as though there is no light at the end of the tunnel. And then there is the night time; the time when your busy brain desperately needs to process everything and then rest. If you’re not enjoying completely dry nights there is less chance for this to happen, which makes you overtired and stressed, which can exacerbate night time accidents. It’s a vicious cycle.
What should you do? Take action.
Exams feel like the be-all and end-all at times. While doing well at school is important, it is never more important than your health and well-being. If you feel stressed and anxious, please talk to someone. If you have any questions, our expert Dr. Cathrine is here to help.
SET YOURSELF A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Even though sleeping all the way through the night without interruption may be hard for you, it’s a good idea to give yourself a fighting chance. Take a warm bath before bed, read a book or listen to a relaxing podcast and, if necessary, put on some bedwetting pants or a bed mat, for peace of mind.
DON’T TRY AND COPE ON YOUR OWN
Chatting with a trusted friend or parent can help put things back into perspective. Trying to manage things on your own can exacerbate feelings of isolation and stress.
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF
Eat well, get some form of regular exercise, and take time to relax whenever you can. Treat yourself the way you would treat anyone you love.
LEARN TO RECOGNISE WHEN YOU’RE STRESSING OUT
Remember the signs and train yourself to calm down. Listen to music, close your eyes, slow your breathing down… re-centre yourself.