Sleep is important! Now before you roll your eyes and say (I know! I just don’t have time!) give me a minute to state my case! We need sleep to function properly and when you’re a college student and juggling a billion things, sleep may be low on your priority list. Your sleep schedule, or sleep hygiene, doesn’t need to be perfect but the goal is to increase your good sleep habits. Some ways to do this are:
- TRY and go to bed and get up at about the same time every day. Again, it doesn’t need to be perfect! But the more consistent you are the better the results will be!
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol at least 4-6 hours before you go to bed. Caffeine and nicotine act as stimulants and can interfere with getting to sleep. Alcohol can affect your quality of sleep.
- Sleeping and Sex are the only things you should be using your bed for.
- Keep your daytime routine the same as much as you can.
- The right space. Make your bed and bedroom as quiet and comfortable as you can. Try using ear plugs or a mask to block out added light and noise
Remember! Your sleep hygiene does not need to be perfect but getting an adequate amount of sleep has so many benefits to your physical, spiritual, and mental health!! If you want to talk to someone about sleep hygiene, call Hendrix Clinic and Counseling at 218-477-2228 or the Counseling Outreach Center at 218-477-2513.