The Clog’s guide to undergoing a smooth early hibernation

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Because of the nature of this year, it’s understandable if you’re ready to start hibernating early. However, not taking the proper steps when hibernating early can lead to all kinds of problems when you wake up. There are many key differences between an early hibernation and a normal one that cannot be neglected. That’s why we’ve compiled a few tips that’ll help you undergo a smooth hibernation this year if you plan on doing so.

Let your instructors know a week beforehand

Although many instructors will understand if you go into hibernation early, it is still good practice to notify them so they can plan ahead accordingly. Also, if you have any finals that conflict with your new hibernation schedule, it’s important to make sure you come up with a solution with your instructor. In addition, it might be wise to check your dentist appointments, job interviews and other potential responsibilities just to be sure.

Stock up on nuts before the Black Friday rush

Depending on just how early you’re planning to enter hibernation, you might find yourself facing a crowd of Black Friday shoppers on your way to purchase nuts. It might be worth it to start preparing a little earlier than usual just so you don’t have to fight through a crowd to get your cashews.

Set an alarm

Yes, in theory, your body should wake up on its own once temperatures start rising in spring. However, it’s always good to make sure, especially because hibernating early might have unpredictable effects on your internal clock. That’s why you should go ahead and set your phone to wake you up in a few months, preferably not too far into the spring semester. Just a few taps, and you have valuable insurance.

Prepare a dream journal

Being in hibernation so long can lead to some wild dreams. But there’s no chance you’ll be able to remember all of them naturally once hibernation is over. Make sure to pick up a dream journal before starting your hibernation to make sure you can keep a log of all the cool hibernation dreams you are sure to have.

If you’re planning to go into an early hibernation this year, make sure to do it as safely and effectively as possible. By following these tips, you can make sure that you’ll have a pleasant and stress-free hibernation experience.

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