Sleep SOS: 10 sleeping tips every student wishes they knew before moving to Uni

When you were (or if you are) at university, the only thing harder than getting up for 9am lectures is maintaining a regular sleeping pattern. Every day is as unpredictable as the last when you’re at uni so there is an unlimited amount of reasons that 4am bedtimes would be on the cards. By the sounds of it, we could have all used some sleeping tips.

The worse thing about trying to get enough sleep is that one raucous night can spiral into six restless nights trying to figure out why you can’t sleep. Our resting patterns are such fickle and delicate things. Luckily, this infographic from Sleepy People breaks down how to get through university with some need-to-know sleeping tips.

“When it comes to sleep, there’s no hiding the fact that students are one of the most sleep-depreved populations. From house parties and pub crawls to all night long revision sessions, there’s many things which distract students from getting a great night’s sleep”.

Image credit: Giphy

Image credit: Giphy

This graphic not only gives ten solid pieces of advice but justifies them! This is a big deal because, as many of you will know, trying to get students to do anything that remotely benefits their health is neigh on impossible.

Here are three of the most important sleeping tips to take-away.

1. Resist the temptation of an all-nighter

It should be said that the all-nighter has been romanticised. If you’re in a position where you have to stay up all night to finish work, congratulations, you are either the slowest worker in the world or terribly organised. All-nighters do more damage than good, that’s just a fact.

2. Perfect the art of napping

According to the National Sleep Foundation, a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help improve alertness, memory, mood and overall academic performance. Sounds wonderful!

3. Limit alcohol intake

It sounds absolutely nuts telling a student to go steady with the booze but even a few bevs can send your body straight into deep sleep missing the important restorative sleep, REM.

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Image credit: Sleepy People