As college students we all have busy schedules. The old joke surrounding a typical college student’s life is that they all want to get good grades, have a social life, and get plenty of sleep. The catch is you’ll only have time for two of these things. Choose wisely.
Making time to get your recommended seven hours of sleep a night is not always the popular decision. But your doctors and body are begging you to reconsider.
Sleep is as important as food and water. In order to function and survive a person needs to get plenty of ZZZs and even if it feels totally fine running on three hours every night (because you had to stay up to finish that paper, or even catch up with roommates- then make it on time to your morning classes) your body is being run down and contrary to popular belief you cannot exactly “catch up” on sleep later.
Although short naps throughout the day are completely healthy and even recommended, you cannot rely on them to keep you going all day. Getting enough sleep during the night will keep you productive, help support a healthy metabolism/immune system, and it is beneficial to your overall health.
Some tips for getting the best night’s sleep possible are provided by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) :
1. Go to bed at the same time each night, and rise at the same time each morning
2. Sleep in a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot nor too cold
3. Make your bed comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music
4. Remove all TVs, computers, and other “gadgets” from the bedroom
5. Avoid physical activity within a few hours of bedtime
6. Avoid large meals before bedtime
As college students, especially in dorms, these may all sound a little impossible, but now that you know the best ways to get the best sleep you can incorporate variations of these tips into your daily routine.