Sleep is a Student’s Best Friend
Ever wonder what it would take to get higher grades? It might be much simpler than you think.
Studies have long shown the many benefits of a good night’s sleep and college health officials are finally realizing that healthy sleep habits translate into higher grades. Good nightly slumber helps students avoid the usual pitfalls of college life: anxiety, depression, physical health problems and academic troubles.
Some studies have found students getting adequate sleep average a full letter grade higher than those who don’t. Of course, as we all know, college is not set up for healthy sleeping patterns with irregular schedules, new-found freedom, endless social interaction, loud and crowded housing, late-night exercise and food washed down by booze, coffee and energy drinks. Oh yeah, and then there’s the internet distraction.
Whereas experts recommend nine hours of sleep a night, most college kids these days get an average of six. Hey students, you might want to check in earlier if you want to make the grade.
- Avoid the College All-Nighter for Better Health
- Stick to a regular bed time routine
- Avoid sleep aids
- Make your bed more comfortable with soft sheets and a good pillow
- Use a white noise machine to block out other sounds