As a student, it may sometimes feel like sleep is the last on our list of priorities, however, sleep can help with stress management. Getting enough quality sleep can help protect your mental and physical health and can improve your overall quality of life.
- Having a relaxing evening ritual, while avoiding your electronic devices for at least 60 mins. prior to sleep, is an effective healthy pre-sleep habit that will help you get the most out of your sleep cycle.
- Your bedroom should be cool – between 60 and 67 degrees.
- Your bedroom should also be free from any noise that can disturb your sleep.
- Finally, your bedroom should be free from any light. Consider using blackout curtains, eyeshades, earplugs, “white noise” machines, humidifiers, fans, and other devices.
Tips for Healthy Sleep on Residence
Living in Residence can make it difficult to follow healthy sleeping habits. Your bedroom is not able to be made an electronic-free zone, you are not able to replace the curtains, etc. Here are a few tips on how to handle that.
- When possible, only use your electronics sitting at your desk, avoid using them in bed.
- Set an alarm to tell you when to go to bed, preferably an hour ahead of bedtime.
- Read a book to help quiet your mind before bed.
- Try a sleep meditation! There are lots of videos on YouTube.