Being a college student can be pretty stressful, especially when you have tests to prepare for and have a busy schedule. This can sometimes take a toll on your sleep pattern. According to statistics, more than 50% of college students experience sleep deprivation. Not getting enough sleep could negatively impact your health and academic performance. Therefore, you need to be intentional about your sleep routine and have good sleep hygiene habits. Here are some sleep hygiene tips worth considering to enable you to have a good night’s rest.
Have a relaxing bedtime routine
Having a consistent set of steps you observe before going to bed can help improve the quality of your sleep. It’s all about doing things you enjoy that can help you relax after a hectic day. You can start with a warm shower and unwind by journaling how your day went. If you love tea, you can brew a hot cup while journaling or reading your favorite book. You can add a few CBD oil drops to help relax you further; however, remember to do so in moderation. Turning off your light or reducing its brightness can also help set the right atmosphere for a good night’s sleep.
Put away your digital devices
Spending lots of time on your digital devices while preparing for bed can distract you and delay the time it takes for you to fall asleep. It’s advisable to put away your phone, laptop, etc., at least an hour before bed. You can swap scrolling through your social media pages before bed with activities that don’t require a screen, such as reading.
Try waking up at the same time every day
Although sleeping in on the weekends can be very tempting, especially as you may have more free time, it can make it difficult to wake up during weekdays. Conditioning your internal clock to wake up every day will help reduce any feeling of fatigue when you wake up and help you prepare the night before so you can get the required hours of sleep. Waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends, can also help you have more time for other activities. When you wake up during the weekends and don’t have much to do, you can try something that relaxes you, such as watching a movie while snuggled up in a cozy blanket.
Be mindful of what you eat
What you eat before bed can help enhance the quality of your sleep. It would help if you avoided spicy foods at least an hour before you sleep, so you don’t experience any discomfort, such as heartburn during the night. It’s also best to avoid taking caffeine before sleeping, so you don’t have too much trouble falling asleep.
These tips will help you develop the right habits and create the best environment to improve your sleep quality and make you feel well-rested. As a result, you’ll be more productive and feel less stressed even when you have a lot of tasks to accomplish.