Sleep Habits

Sleep is very important to your health. Unfortunately most college students do not get enough of it! Here are some tips to help increase the amount of sleep you get each night and how to enhance the quality of your slumber.

*Use earplugs.

*Make your sleeping environment dark (turn off lights, use curtains).

*Listen to soft, relaxing music.

*Eat healthy and exercise. Being physically healthy can help you sleep better, too.

*Avoid caffeine in the afternoon. Instead, try drinking water, juice, or any other caffeine-free option.

*Avoid energy drinks.

*Lower your stress. If you can't lower your overall stress level, try finishing a project or task, no matter how small, before you crawl into bed. You will feel accomplished and less stressed about the other work you have to do.

*Relax for a few minutes before going to bed instead of continuing brain stimulating activity like surfing the web or watching a show. Research suggests that viewing LCD screens increases brain activity, making it difficult to sleep.

  • Try to keep a regular sleep schedule. Changing it up can confuse your body's sleep patterns.
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