How To Guarantee A Good Night's Sleep
Oversleeping has been linked to causing nightmares, but it's also the subject of many nightmares. Fear of missing the big exam can make many students cautious enough to get to bed early. But with roommates, distractions, and rowdy campus activity, the most difficult part isn't waking up as much as it is getting to sleep in the first place. Be well prepared for the obnoxious and the unexpected and set some ground rules to guarantee a good night's sleep when you need it most.
Getting sleep in a residence hall can be difficult. If it's not your roommates causing the ruckus, it can be other students on your floor, friends from other halls stopping by at odd hours, or general noise outside your building. Sometimes, you get a bed by the door, share a wall with an obnoxious neighbor or get paired up with a roommate who's a night owl. Roommates can only respect your sleep and privacy requirements if you communicate your needs. Let them know your schedule, establish appropriate hours for visitors and get in touch with the advisor on your floor with any problems that occur.
Unplug to Unwind
Sometimes the noise isn't coming from the inside. That's when people turn to other methods for blocking out commotion. Ear plugs can be effective, but fear of missing the alarm prevents some from blocking their canals. Another solution is to drown out noise with a TV or laptop. Authorities on sleep advise against using technology around bedtime. Artificial light has an effect on the brain that can prevent your mind from triggering the rest of your body to get to sleep. Sometimes, being asleep doesn't mean your body is actually getting the rest it needs to feel refreshed the next day.
A Softer Slumber
The easiest thing you can do to make sure you're getting a good night's sleep is to make sure the bed is comfortable. This might seem obvious, but it can be difficult to manage with the modest older mattress provided by the university. If it is not to your liking, you can invest in a plush mattress pad and give the tough surface a little cushion. The pillows and blankets you use are important, as well. Recreate the setup in your room at home to smooth the transition. Those who struggle with sleep understand the necessity of a nice pillow or quilted throw blanket.
Caffeine And Routine
It's easy to overextend yourself in college. You're taking on a bigger workload, burning the candle at both ends trying to balance new academic and social lives. You may develop habits you didn't have before, filling up your funny shaped coffee mug at night to stay up when you need to study or hanging out with fellow night owls until the early morning when you could really use a few hours of sleep. Don't shut yourself off from your social life because of a strict schedule, but don't allow yourself to feel pressured into a lifestyle that gets in the way of your academic objectives.
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