SLEEP: An Important Factor In College Health

After so many late nights and early morning classes, college students oftentimes suffer from insomnia. In other words, they just can’t go to SLEEP! With so little time and so much to do, getting enough sleep can be hard.

In this post, we’ll provide you with 3 tips for making falling asleep at night a little bit easier so that you can get the rest you need to do well in college:

Tip #1: Ditch the Electronics – While it may be tempting to play video games or listen to loud music before bed, you’ll likely pay for it later. Most electronics get us excited and revved up, which increases our heart rate and prevents melatonin production in your body. All of this combined makes it tough to fall asleep. So, if at all possible, try to do more soothing tasks before bedtime like reading, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.

Tip #2: Let Your Brain Rest – A lot of college students worry constantly, which can make it equally difficult to sleep at night. If you find yourself lying in bed at night with your mind racing – worrying about homework assignments, tomorrow’s History exam, or the fight you had with your roommate yesterday, etc.…try your best to CLEAR YOUR MIND, take some deep breaths, relax, and sleep peacefully knowing that tomorrow will take care of itself.

Tip #3: Develop A Routine – It’s best to head to bed around the same time every night. I know that having unpredictable roommates and an inconsistent schedule can make this very difficult, but your body likes routines. It’s hard for your body to adjust to different schedules…so don’t make things more difficult by going to bed at 9 p.m. one night and 3 a.m. the next night…unless you absolutely can’t avoid it.

I know that college students are busy, but getting the appropriate amount of sleep is important to your overall health…so take these 3 tips seriously and try to incorporate them into your nightly sleep habits.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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