2 Reasons Why College Students Need to Get Sleep and 5 Ways to Get It

By Chad Taylor on July 16, 2016

You’re off to college and there’s one important thing that you may not have even thought about – getting a good night’s sleep. Here are 2 reasons why you need to get that sleep – at least, 7 hours — and 5 ways to help you get it.

You Need Sleep Because…

1. Mental: Dr. James Knepler, University of Cincinnati Comprehensive Sleep Center, makes it very clear. When you get a good night’s sleep, both your thinking and memory skills are increased – that’s going to make it easier for you to succeed in that tough class. Not getting enough sleep? Your cognitive skills and retention is going to worsen.

2. Physical: You’ve heard about those extra “Freshman” pounds. Well, lack of sleep is going to contribute to your weight gain. Plus, it’s going to make you more susceptible to colds, flu and all those other bugs as lack of sleep can make your immune system less effective.

Tips to Help College Students Sleep

1. Follow The General Sleep Advice. You’ve heard it all. No screen time for about an hour before you want to fall asleep. Limit caffeine and skip alcohol right before bedtime. Add to that – put up the books and homework and give yourself at least 30 minutes to relax before bed.

2. Earplugs And Sleep Masks Do Work. And, they may become a necessity in your life. If you’re sharing your space with one or more roommates, you probably can’t get them to follow your schedule or even respect your need for dark and quiet. Bring a sleep mask and earplugs with you – and use them.

3. Keep A Schedule. Decide on a schedule that works for you. Maybe, it’s asleep at midnight and up at 7 or 8 a.m. for a night owl or asleep at 10 and up at 5 or 6 for a morning person. Now, follow that schedule. It’s very tempting to sleep in on the morning you have a late class or on the weekends. Don’t do it. It will make it harder for you to establish a good sleep routine.

4. Forget The Late Night Jog. Exercise right before bed doesn’t help you sleep and may keep you awake. Exercise earlier in the day and it’s a healthy plus.

5. Create A Comfortable Bed. If you’re in a dorm or an apartment, you may find that the bed is older than you are and a little less comfortable than sleeping on the floor. Don’t let a bad mattress ruin your good night’s rest. Fix it. Try a mattress topper or replace it.

Restful sleep really does contribute to your wellbeing and your success. It’s tough to be the one that goes to bed if your roommates are cramming for that big test or having fun, but realize how important it is to get your zzzzz’s. If your mattress is so bad it’s keeping you awake, replace it. You’re going to find affordable – even for a college student – mattresses on the Internet made from quality materials like Latex Foam. Order one and sleep well!