Sleep

Sleep

A Good Night's Sleep Really Matters

Not getting enough sleep can have negative impacts on your academics, relationships, work, and overall well being. Inadequate sleep can also:

  • Increase your moodiness
  • Decrease your concentration
  • Decrease your ability to retain new information
  • Reduce your ability to handle stress
  • Lessen your body's ability to fight off illnesses

What is the Right Amount of Sleep?

Some people need only 6-7 hours of sleep, while others require up to 9 or more hours in order to feel awake and be able to function at peak levels. The quality of sleep one gets is just as important as quantity.

How to Improve Your Night's Sleep

Replace your poor sleep habits with a routine that promotes good sleep. Ways to achieve a better night's sleep include:

  • Associate the bed as only a place to sleep
  • Do not study, watch TV, or eat in bed
  • Develop and maintain a consistent sleep schedule
  • Eliminate tobacco and caffeine use late in the day
  • Avoid alcohol before bed, as it interferes with a peaceful sleep
  • Get plenty of exercise during the day, but not within 2 hours of going to bed
  • Relax and wind down at least 30 minutes before going to bed
  • Avoid drinking large amounts of fluid later in the day
  • Have a light dairy snack before bedtime, but avoid chocolate and sugary snacks
  • Keep a piece of paper and pen by your bedside to jot down the thoughts you feel you might forget before morning

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