11 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep (Even in a Rowdy Dorm)
Sleep is something all college students need but most tend to lack. Between staying up pulling all-nighters cramming for a test or exam to hanging out with friends and partying, it’s hard to get a solid five hours, never mind the recommended eight. A good night’s sleep is almost illusive.
Being a timid introvert at the time, having gone through a dorm floor from hell, where no one shut up, noise ran rampant, and music stayed blasting, I’ve compiled a couple of ways to combat the complications you might encounter when hitting the hay.
Block Out the Noise
Blocking out the noise is one way to make it easier to fall asleep. Creating a barrier between you and the noise won’t rid you of the noise completely, but it can create an environment where you’re able to fall asleep.
- Ear Plugs: I started using these my freshman year and continued to them throughout my college career. When used properly, they can block out a decent amount of noise.
- Fan: Another staple of mine for sleeping, a small fan on the floor directed at where I’m laying. It not only creates a bit of white noise, but cools you off.
- AC or Heating Unit: The freshman dorms I was in had a ac/heating unit in every room. Those things aren’t exactly quite. When you add that to the fan and ear plugs, you’ve created quite the barrier between you and the noise.
- White Noise: If those three aren’t enough, use your phone or computer to play some white noise. I use the Sleep Cycle App, that not only tracks your sleeping patterns to see how well you’ve slept at night, but also has the option for white noise. With that next to your head, you should be asleep in no time.
Prepare Yourself For Sleep
- Dim the Lights: Turning off the overhead light for a softer kind in the evening is a way to let your body know that it’s time to wind down.
- Chamomile Tea: Not just for stressful situations, chamomile tea is a great way to relax the body. Doesn’t even have to be chamomile, any kind of herbal tea or warm beverage (without caffeine!) can help to relax your body and get ready for a good night’s sleep.
- Remove Blue Light: Blue light is bad for your eyes when you’re trying to fall asleep. It’s what keeps you awake and on the computer until 2am, wondering how you managed to get to a wikipedia page on the history of pancakes. Remove the blue light and you remove the issue. I have a red light filter for both my phone and laptop.
- Power Down: Besides blue light, electronics keep you active and awake. They’re entertaining and hold our attention. Instead of browsing reddit or Facebook, try reading a book.
- Eat Well: Keeping healthy and eating well will make sure your body is nourished enough and functioning properly. Eating junk food all the time will make you feel sluggish and tired. Kind of counter productive to getting a good night’s sleep if you feel tired regardless
- Hydrate: In the same sense, keeping hydrated should be a top goal in your healthy lifestyle. Dehydration can cause serious issues and if you add lack of sleep to that, it can get pretty serious, pretty quickly.
- Exercise: Ever notice how after a long day of running around you tend to sleep really well that night? Exercise is a good way of staying healthy and making sure you get a good night’s sleep.
But what if you’ve tried all of these things and still can’t fall asleep, stay asleep, or both? Then you might have issues out of the league of any blogger or article. There are multiple reasons people can have trouble sleeping including anxiety, depression, thyroid issues, insomnia, or any other issue. If you feel like you’re having trouble sleeping and you’ve tried a variety of things to help, you may want to consult your physician for further instructions.
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