If a good night sleep was worth money, most college students would have to file for bankruptcy. When it comes to sleep (like money), you find yourself accepting the fact that you probably won’t get any (sleep or money) until you graduate.
Whether its late night cram sessions, midnight chat sessions with friends, all-night parties til the break of dawn, last minute research papers, or even graveyard shifts on a job, college has become a breeding ground for sleepyheads and sleepwalkers. Just call it Zombie University.
I remember working as a night auditor at a hotel (from 11 p.m. til 7 a.m.) and having to report to my International Politics class by 8 a.m. Needless to say, I can’t remember a thing from that IP class, but I do remember I felt sleepier than Rip Van Winkle on Nydol. Although I graduated, in spite of working 50+ hours a week and getting about 3-4 hours of sleep per night, my poor sleep habits still haunt me today (I’m writing this article at 1:30 a.m.). A good night’s rest is not only critical to your success in college, it’s also critical to you health, both physically and mentally.
Although I would be the last one to give you advice on how to get some rest (I need it more than anybody), www.sleep.net offers 10 Tips to help you catch some Z’s so you can get more A’s:
1. Relax and reduce stress. Allow time for your mind and body to wind down. Try a relaxing activity.
2. Don’t try too hard! If you are having problems sleeping, don’t get frustrated. Experts suggest getting out of bed, turning on the light and engaging in a quiet activity until you find yourself fighting sleep.
3. Sleep as long as your body needs — no more, no less. That means that when you do get a day off from work or school, don’t sleep for 15 hours just because you can.
4. Follow a regular sleep and wake-up time — even on weekends. Waking up at the same time every day can help your body get back into a healthy sleep pattern.
5. Avoid caffeine or reduce your intake.
6. Avoid alcohol.
7. Quit smoking. Nicotine is a stimulant, and studies have shown that people who smoke cigarettes have more difficulty falling and staying asleep.
8. Watch what you eat and when you eat it. Trying to sleep shortly after a large meal might be troublesome, although going to bed hungry is not good either.
9. Exercise regularly and at the right time. Exercising in the late afternoon or early evening is more effective at improving sleep than a workout in the morning or late evening.
10. Check your room for “bed bugs.” These are bugs – or distractions – in and around your room that make it difficult to sleep. Do loud noises occur during the night? Does light shine through your windows? Is the room excessively warm?
I hope these tips from sleep.net will help you in establishing healthier sleep habits. If you’ve made it this far in college without getting much sleep, what do you think will happen when you finally do? Thanks for visiting RealWorld University where success is the only major. Please come visit us again, and next time, please share our site with a friend. As always, live purposefully. God bless.