Tips For Students to Avoid Sleep Deprivation
Posted on September 02, 2015 by Jennifer
School is in session, and there’s so much to do: between studying, writing essays, and trying to maintain a social life, students often find themselves so busy and stressed that sleep becomes an afterthought. No matter how well-intended your all-night study session is, lack of sleep can actually be a huge detriment to your overall success. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to poor cognitive performance, mood, memory, and overall sense of wellbeing. While we're all pressed for time, you can make the most of the sleep time you do have with our tips and tools for students to avoid sleep deprivation.
Check your sleep situation
Whether you’re sleeping in the dorms or on your childhood mattress, chances are that you might be sleeping on an unsuitable surface, which may cause a poor quality sleep. While finding the right firmness and support in mattress is key to a better night’s sleep, students tend to also use their bed as a multi-use piece of furniture for reading, studying, snacking and hanging out so it’s important to consider durability when shopping for a mattress. P.C. Richard & Son has some great mattress choices to keep students comfortable when they hit the hay. A prime example? Modern memory-foam mattresses offer the contouring comfort and support that students need to fall asleep faster.
For those students who use their bed as a couch, investing in mattress protector will help ensure your mattress stays pristine. Mattress protectors keep any spills from affecting your sleep area, while also keeping sleep-ruining substance allergens and mold away from your mattress.
Upgrade your pillows
In a similar way to mattresses, many students assume that any old pillow will do when it comes to sleep—and they may be tossing and turning all night as a result. Instead, students should spend a few moments studying themselves to determine their sleep style so they can pick the perfect pillow for instant zzzs.
The cheat sheet to sweet pillow selection? Back sleepers should go with memory foam or contouring pillows, side sleepers need medium support for their head and another pillow for between their legs, and stomach sleepers require a softer choice.
Block it all out
A major disruptor to a student’s sleep is the contestant flow of blue lights from technology, sounds and information that’s been thrown at them. When it comes time to sleep, it’s important for students to separate from their smartphones. In addition to staying awake playing on their phones, many students might suffer from poor sleep quality just by having their devices near them, the blue light can make their bodies think it’s time to wake up. Counteract smartphone sleep deprivation by keeping devices away from your bed. Also, instead of using your phone to play music that lull you to sleep, use a sleep or sound machine to create relaxing sounds, while blocking out noisy neighbors.
Sleep really is essential to every student’s health, wellness, and overall performance. Luckily, with these sleep hacks and the right tools, sleep deprivation can become nothing more than an old nightmare. Here’s to a good night’s sleep—and a better school year!