While students may think that insufficient sleep is just par for the course when you’re in school, it can actually be a serious problem with effects that are linked to a number of health issues. College students are often juggling several activities pertaining to school, work, and relationships which can add up to a lot of late nights and little time to sleep. The widespread use and around-the-clock availability of technology can also play a role in forming irregular sleep patterns. Not only can a lack of sleep result in feelings of sluggishness and inability to concentrate the next day but it can also take a physical toll by increasing one’s risk for chronic diseases, obesity, and depression. In a study of adult sleep behaviors, 43.7% of adults 18-25 reported unintentionally falling asleep at least once in the past month while 4.5% reported having nodded off while driving. In order to avoid any harmful effects that may ensue if sleep is not made more of a priority, it is important for students to learn about good sleep hygiene. On February 5th, students are encouraged to attend the sleep event located at the Rec Center at 6:30pm where they can take advantage of relaxation activities such as chair massages and meditation. The chair massages begin at 5:30 and are on a first come first serve basis.
Sleep Hygiene: n education with the goal of effecting behavior modification, thus leading to a healthy sleep pattern. Behaviors that support healthy sleep include daily exercise, daily exposure to natural light, a regular sleep schedule, and relaxation exercises in the evening.
Tips for Practicing Good Sleep Hygiene
- Avoid Stimulants: This category includes soda, coffee, and energy drinks which can disturb a restful night’s sleep.
- Create a Peaceful Environment: Minimize distractions such as noise and bright lights.
- Stick to a Sleep Schedule: Try to go to sleep at the same time each night.
- Avoid All-Nighters: Pace yourself throughout the semester to avoid the need for cram sessions.
- Aim for 7-9 Hours: Adults should be getting somewhere between 7-9 hours per night.
- See a Health Provider: If you are experiencing trouble sleeping, consult with your health care provider.