Student Health Services

 

Student Wellness

Sleep

 

Are you sleepy?

 

Here are signs that you may need more sleep:

  • “Zoning out” or dozing off during the day
  • Losing track of lectures, readings, or videos
  • Excessive blinking or yawning
  • Tripping or stumbling more than usual
  • Feeling sluggish

a student asleep on her bed using her laptop computer for a pillowWhy do you need sleep?

Sleep is important for a number of reasons. It restores our energy, fights off illness and fatigue by strengthening our immune system, helps us think more clearly and creatively, strengthens memory and produces a more positive mood and better performance throughout the day. Sleep isn't just a passive activity and something to fill the time when we are inactive, but rather it is an active and dynamic process vital for normal motor and cognitive function.

 

Lack of sleep can affect your academic performance, your relationships and social life, your ability or desire to participate in physical activity, and your diet and eating habits can become unhealthier. Sleep deficiency may alter some brain function and contribute to decreased memory, difficulty problem solving, mood swings and decreased motivation.

 

How much sleep do you need? 

The average college student needs 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

 

Recommendations for Better Sleep

  • Regulate sleep by going to bed around the same time every night and waking up around the same time every morning.
  • Make your bed only for sleeping. Studying, eating, watching TV, or spending time on your computer shouldn’t be done in your bed.
  • Avoid large meals, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine a few hours before you go to bed.
  • Limit naps to 20-30 minutes.
  • Participate in daily physical activity.

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