GUEST BLOG Harrison Thorne,
Graduate of UCLA Law
As a 1L, I really prioritized sleep. I’d get in bed at a certain time, no matter what.
As a 2L, I did not prioritize sleep. I got distracted doing various things, and before I realized, I would only catch five to six hours, tops.
Comparing my day-to-day operations from 1L to 2L year, I can definitively say that I noticed a huge difference. Well rested, I was more alert, focused better and was much more efficient. Conversely, when I was chronically tired, the opposite was true.
My advice, looking back, is to rededicate yourself to sleeping. I did. What worked for me 1L year and what I started implementing again was simple when I followed these three steps:
Step 1: Watching television before bed is a bad idea. Sometimes I would take in a show before bed (I’m not perfect), but when I read for pleasure before turning off the lights, I found it much easier to fall asleep.
Step 2: I enjoyed some “sleepy time” tea before bed. It really helped relax my body as well as my mind.
Step 3: I liked to do some form of meditation before turning in. I really think that is a game-changer for me and would recommend it to anyone.
These three steps were pretty consistent in helping me get to sleep faster, sleep deeper and sleep more hours.
With all this in mind, there’s one thing I’d like to point that seems extra productive initially but ultimately counterintuitive to being able to perform at your best. A lot of people in law school would talk about how to get less sleep – usually in order to get more done or have more workable hours. However, after some of my own experimentation, I learned without a doubt that it’s actually better to miss out on an extra hour or two of work, if the work you do is of a higher quality (because of the extra sleep).