What is something that all college students have in common?

….lack of sleep of course!

Tell me if this sounds familiar… Your alarm goes off for that 8am class, and it feels almost impossible to get out of bed and moving. You’re hoping that the copious amounts of coffee will be enough to get you through the day. You get back from class and fall into an endless troll sesh online or binge Netflix. It suddenly is midnight, 1 AM, or 3 AM. Heading to bed, you realize it is too late to get a full 8 hours, and the same process of exhaustion will begin all over again tomorrow.

Add the stress of class, exams, work and trying to have a good social life; sleep seems like a far-fetched fantasy. Sleep is one of the most essential components of our lives, and it is something that college students do the least. Memory and attention improvement, lower stress and a decreased chance for depression are just some of the benefits of getting good nights sleep.

Add these 5 tips into your daily routine to have a better nights sleep!

  1. Try to get on a sleep schedule – Getting up and going to bed at the same times every day will help you get constant hours of sleep each night because your body is used to the same schedule. Try this out for at least the week days.
  2. Exercise! – Those who exercise in the morning or late afternoon are more awake during the day and sleep better at night. The more vigorous the exercise, the better the sleep you can get. Exercise tires your body out, so it is more likely to need a full night sleep to repair itself.
  3. Limit what you consume after 7 pm – Drinking caffeine or alcohol might inhibit your ability to fall asleep. If you are asleep, it can interfere with your sleep cycle. High amounts of sugary and high carbohydrate foods late at night can keep you awake. Nighttime snacks are OK just making sure it is small, light and nutritious.
  4. Take some time to relax before bed – The ‘to-do’ lists can wait. Always take time to wind down before crawling into bed. Read a book or magazine, listen to calming music, drink some tea or perform some easy yoga poses with deep breathing. All of these calming activities relax your mind and body to fall to sleep more easily when you finally turn out your lights.
  5. Make sure you have a calming sleep environment – Sleeping in a dark room helps your brain begin to shut down. Limit noise to keep yourself from being distracted and help you relax. Go to bed in a cool room (around 65-68 degrees F). Train your brain to associate your bedroom as a restful place by reserving your bed for sleep and sex only. Avoid doing work, watching TV and using your computer in your bed.

Still having trouble sleeping and finding yourself always tired?!

Take a look at this YouTube video and try this breathing technique before bed!

*great for handling stress too!