As a university student, it can be difficult to balance academics, social life, and self-care. All too often, sleep is sacrificed in order to stay up late studying, socialising, or simply scrolling through social media. However, getting enough sleep is crucial for both your physical and mental well-being, as well as your academic performance.
Here are 9 tips to help you have a better night’s sleep.
- Take time to relax before you go to bed – could be a hot bath or reading a book.
- Avoid technology right before bed (this is arguably the hardest one) – but get into a routine of putting your phone down 15 minutes before you go to sleep.
- Don’t clock watch – stressing about not being asleep for a certain time can stop us from sleeping.
- Avoid certain foods in the hours before bedtime e.g. coffee in the evening.
- Keep fit and stay active – physical activity is great for sleep and your health in general.
- Try to stick to a sleep schedule – especially on a weeknight go to bed around the same time to help your sleep pattern.
- Create a relaxed environment.
- Limit daytime naps.
- Reduce the screen brightness 1-2 hours before you go to sleep.
If you need some more tips on your uni experience, here is another blog you may be interested in How to balance having fun and getting work done.
If you are really struggling with sleep visit the NHS website or call your GP.