Sleep is something that many college students can only dream of. Pulling all-nighters to study for a midterm, or sleeping in a new environment can really cause damage to your sleep schedule. Sleep is essential to keep your body and mind healthy. Sleep can restore your energy levels, improve your productivity, mood and memory, and even strengthen your immune system. Although at many times it is a hard task, the average college student should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night. You can improve your sleep routine by following a few simple tips.
1. Cool down your room
Your room should be set between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. This is because as you sleep your body temperature lowers naturally, so sleeping in a cool room can help regulate a good nights sleep.
2. Shorten nap time
Something that is very helpful for many college students is a good mid day power nap. The ideal nap is 20-30 minutes. Naps like these can make you feel more refreshed and focused to finish the days work. Naps that last longer than this can make you feel groggy and sluggish when you wake up, and can really interfere with your sleep cycle.
3. Wake up at the same time each day
Waking up at a consistent time each morning can get your body into a rhythm of when it needs sleep, and when it is ready to get up for the day. This goes hand in hand with having a set bedtime routine so your body knows when it is time to fall to sleep.
4. Avoid caffeine at night
Caffeine is a stimulant that can help you focus and feel awake for the day. Unfortunately when caffeine is consumed late at night, it may cause difficulty falling asleep or sudden awakenings through the night.
5. Avoid activities in bed
Try to only use your bed to sleep, rather than to watch tv or do homework. This will enable you and your mind to make a connection with the bed and sleep, so when you do crawl into bed, you will be tired and ready to hit the hay!
Sleep is much more essential then we realize. If ever you find yourself lacking in the sleep department, Health, Wellness & Prevention Services offers wellbeing coaching that can help you set goals to have your best sleep yet!