Sleep deprivation is common when it comes to college students. It is sometimes necessary when midterms, papers, and finals are involved. However, there are consequences to the lack of sleep.
Sleep deprivation can lead to colds and the flu since your immune system is affected. Lack of sleep can also cause accidents, depression, aging, forgetfulness, weight gain, and impaired judgment. By learning ways to get more sleep and fall asleep quicker, any college student can still maintain high academic performance.
Good grades and quality sleep don’t have to be mutually exclusive. According to Everyday Health, there are some tips and tricks that you can do everyday to help combat sleep deprivation so you stay healthy. Practicing these tips every day can keep the hours you sleep and your GPA high.
1. Limit your caffeine intake.
By lowering your caffeine intake, especially in the hours before you go to bed, it would be easier to fall asleep. Not having that additional adrenaline would help calm you before bed.
2. Stick with a sleep schedule.
Having the same routine every day will help you fall asleep at the same time every night and create a sleeping schedule for your body so waking up early in the morning and going to bed early doesn’t seem like an impossible task. Sticking to a strict routine could help you be more productive and limit sleep deprivation.
3. Exercise in the morning.
Getting your exercise in the morning will make you feel more awake and energized. If you wait until the evening, you might get this energy right before you try to fall asleep. Waking up early to exercise might also make it easier for you to stick to your sleeping routine.
4. Turn off the TV before bed.
The lights and stimulation that you get from watching television right before going to bed will increase the time it takes you to fall asleep. Turning off not only your television but all electronic devices will decrease the stimulation, decrease the amount of light you are getting, and provide you with a better night’s sleep.
5. Don’t study on your bed.
This will only provide you with temptation and remind you that it is so much easier to just lay down and take a nap. Spending this time during the day off your bed will help you fall asleep since you won’t associate it with working or studying. If the bed is only used for sleep, once your head hits the pillow it will be lights out.
6. Don’t drink alcohol before going to bed.
While this seems like an unlikely task for many college students, you will find that you sleep much better by skipping the alcoholic beverages before you call it a night. If this seems like something that just can not be done, try to limit the amount you drink and the number of times a week that you are doing so.
While there are still going to be nights that you watch the sun rise as you leave the library after pulling an all-nighter, you might find that these small tips will help you feel healthier, and more energized during the day. Small steps can make a big difference in the amount of sleep you get.
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