Getting Your ZZZ’s: Sleeping In College

Hey First Years,

Students sleeping in lecture theatre
Students sleeping in lecture theatre

We’ve all been there: it’s 12:00 a.m. you’re staying up late hanging with friends or doing lots of homework, and then all of a sudden, time flies by and its 3:00 in the morning and you have an 8a.m. class! You know you’ll be tired the next day and pretty much repeat the same cycle of not getting enough sleep (which seems to be normal in college). Lack of sleep can actually lead to some pretty negative side effects such as getting an increased number of colds and flu-like symptoms, decreased memory and cognition (basically your brain doesn’t work as well). So with that in mind, here are some tips on how you can get the most out of your sleep time!

  1. Go to bed at a reasonable hour!- It’s recommended that college-aged students get between 8-9 hours of sleep per night.
  2. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime.
  3. Also, limit screen time (from the TV, computer, phone etc.) at least 1 hour before you go to sleep.
  4. Do your best to not take naps during the day; if you do decided to take one however, do it before 3p.m. or else you’ll be awake at night.
  5. Exercise a few times a week. Regular exercise will help to promote a healthy sleep cycle and will make it easier to fall asleep as well as feel more rested.
  6. Use your bed just for sleep! Avoid doing other activities like homework or watching TV on your bed

In the morning if you struggle with waking up, be sure to set multiple alarms on your phone a few minutes apart so that you’re awake and ready for class on time! If you have any other questions about health and wellness, be sure to visit the First Year Experience office in room 100A of Meier hall.
I found this information here and here

Sweet dreams!

To your health,

FYM Patrick


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