Are you getting enough sleep at night?
There’s no denying that students lead very hectic lives. Alongside studying for a degree, completing assignments and attending lectures; learning how to budget and cook nutritional meals, many are juggling part-time jobs too. Which means there’s very little time to socialise and have some much-needed “me-time”.
Experts say that young adults should be getting between 7- 8 hours’ sleep every night. Anything less, and the brain won’t function effectively which often results in embarrassing blunders and could impact your grades. However, if you don’t nip sleep deprivation in the bud early on, it could have more serious health implications further down the line (e.g. heart disease, weight gain, diabetes, etc.).
That’s why we thought we would offer a few tips and tricks to help you get enough sleep and wake up feeling fresh in the morning.
- Maintain a regular wake and sleep schedule
Did you think bedtimes were for kids? Think again.
Getting into a regular bedtime routine – doing the same things, in the same order, before bed – can help you to drift off to sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. So, decide what time you’ll go to bed and set your alarm for the same time every morning (even on weekends and days where you only have afternoon lectures!) – and stick to it.
- Exercise regularly
Exercise can have several health benefits, but it can also help you to sleep better – even if it’s just a walk to the local supermarket, a bike ride with friends at the weekend or an online Yoga class at your student accommodation.
Ideally, you should aim to exercise at the same time every day. And if you prefer to work out in the evening, make sure you give yourself at least three hours to wind down before bedtime, otherwise, you’ll find it difficult to sleep.
- Be mindful of what you eat and when
As a student, you’re probably too busy to slave in the kitchen every night and it’s easier to order a takeaway from the Just Eat app on your phone or to stop off at the chippy on your way home from the library. We get it – but eating late at night will alter your body clock and impair your sleep.
With that said, you shouldn’t go to bed on an empty stomach either. This could cause discomfort during the night and may prevent you from getting the zzz’s you need. Instead, you want to plan your meals wisely and have a substantial meal before 7pm, if possible.
You could even batch cook meals and stow them in the fridge or freezer to save having to make something from scratch when you get home from uni or work.
- Cut down on caffeine before bed
Whether it be a coffee in the morning before you head out the door, a cup of tea and a natter with your housemates or a can of Coke with your lunch, caffeine will make you feel more awake. Ideal if you’ve got a busy day of lectures or an assignment to complete for the next day.
However, you need to be mindful of your caffeine intake because too much caffeine, too close to bedtime, will stop you from falling asleep. Try to avoid such drinks after 3pm.
- Avoid screens
Electronic devices, such as phones, tablets, laptops, TVs, games consoles, emit noise and light – both things that will influence the body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm) and keep you awake when you’re supposed to be sleeping.
Though you might enjoy watching Netflix before bed or interacting with friends on social media, it’s a good idea to have at least an hour of screen-free time before your head hits the pillow.
- Make your student accommodation as cosy as can be
Your student accommodation will be your home away from home so, naturally, you want a good sleeping environment that can also be used for studying when you don’t fancy making a trip to the library.
The good news is, if you’re staying at Caro Lettings’ luxury yet affordable student accommodation in Liverpool, then you’ll have all the basic amenities for a decent night’s sleep, and more. Every room comes with a:
- comfy bed
- LCD TV
- desk with shelves
- free wi-fi and broadband
And bills are included in the monthly rent.
To find out more about their student lets for 2021/22, and to sleep blissfully each night, why not give them a call on 0800 008 7888?