Students often have difficulty with sleep and over half report feeling tired or sleepy the majority of the days of the week. Students are especially vulnerable to sleep difficulties due to stress and fluctuating schedules, and are one of the most sleep-deprived populations.
Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, depression, and cardiovascular disease.
Some ways to improve your sleep are:
- Try to keep your eating and sleeping schedules as regular as possible throughout the week
- Use your bed for sleeping and sex only
- Turn off your screens at least 30 minutes before you plan to sleep
- Reduce or eliminate caffeine and nicotine in the afternoon
- Use stress reduction techniques
More about Sleep, Insomnia and Sleep Hygiene
- Ulifeline article about the importance of sleep and how to get better sleep.
- Insomnia resources from the National Institutes of Health.
- National Sleep Foundation
- Sleep Health from Tuck.com a non-commercial entity that "aims to improve sleep hygiene, health, and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free resources."
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:Sleep and Sleep Disorders
- CDC Fact Sheet: Insufficient Sleep Among Hawaiʻi Adults
Sleep Hygiene Handout - Many people who have trouble sleeping can improve their sleep by learning and practicing effective sleep hygiene.
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