Sleeping Habits

Let’s Talk Healthy Sleep Habits

By Anna Valdez
Web Content Contributor

College is a time when students learn how to balance healthy habits and an overload of activities. In the spur of never-ending responsibilities, it can often be difficult to find the time to rest. It is no secret that college students are not getting the adequate amount of sleep every night. Establishing a healthy sleeping routine is just as important as maintaining healthy habits as a balanced diet or exercising. Here are five tips to begin a healthier sleep schedule this semester:

Be consistent with your sleep schedule

Once students get accustomed to their class or work schedule, many begin to develop a consistent sleep schedule. A consistent sleep schedule means waking up around the same time every day. People often lose this consistency when the weekend comes around. The same can be said for holidays when some college students use this time to catch up on sleep they may have lost to school or work. In any case, developing an adequate sleep schedule that fits your routine is one of the first steps to getting a good night’s rest.

Set a bedtime

Setting a reasonable bedtime where you can get at least seven hours of sleep can have a major impact on your quality of sleep. It can be difficult, especially if you’re someone who considers themselves a night owl, but being responsible when it comes to sleep is how you start a healthy sleep pattern.

Establish a bedtime routine

People have different ways of falling and staying sleep. Some prefer noise like relaxing music or having the television on in the background to soothe them to sleep, while others need complete silence and darkness. Whatever the case, it helps to establish a bedtime routine that fits your needs. Consider keeping your room at a cool, comfortable temperature and limiting as much light as possible from your area. Having fluffy pillows and a soft blanket is also a plus!

Say ‘no’ to electronic devices before bed

You may have already heard that using an electronic device before bed, such as your cellphone, is not healthy. Try to limit your use of any electronic device at least 30 minutes before going to bed to ensure a healthier, sounder sleep. If you can’t part ways with your phone, try turning it off and placing it in a location farthest from you, such as your bathroom, so you don’t find yourself constantly reaching for it.

When hunger strikes

To ensure a healthy sleep routine, do not eat a large meal before going to bed. If you do find yourself hungry, eat a light, healthy snack instead so you can sleep comfortably and without worry. Some healthy snack options before bed include Greek yogurt, fruit, and fresh veggies and hummus.

Featured image by Anna Valdez.

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