It is a known fact that college students don’t get as much rest as they should. Whether they spend their time cramming for finals in the library, working with the various clubs they join, working a job, or just hanging out with friends, that leaves little time for anything else.
In my own experience, between going to class, getting all my design work done, doing things with my sorority, and still trying to find time to be a good dog mother, I find myself constantly daydreaming about getting into bed in the evenings. Even on the weekends it can be difficult to catch up on sleep. College students have so much going on and it is important to stay as rested as possible so that you can do your absolute best. So here are some of my tricks!
Cut out the caffeine
I’m sure you are thinking, excuse me but my coffee/diet coke is the only way I function. But actually the less caffeine you drink, the less dependent you will be. I have found that when I drink more water it keeps me energized for longer and I feel better as well. Now I’m not gonna lie, I love my coffee and hot tea as much as the next person. But whenever I start getting into an everyday routine I try and break away from it so that my body can get back into it’s own natural rhythm. Plus, since there is no caffeine in my system, I’m able to fall asleep much faster in the evenings.
Put your body on a schedule
Somehow in high school I was always able to stay up till 2 or 3am and be a normal human being the next day at school. But in college, unless it’s the weekends, if I stay up late I want to die every time my alarm goes off. I’m definitely a “night owl” instead of a morning person, and being a design student I understand there are times when you have to pull an all-nighter cram session. But on the regular basis I try and keep my body on the same schedule every day. Since I wake up at 7 most mornings, I try and be in bed by at least midnight every night. This way I know I can get a solid 7 hours of sleep in. It also pushes me to get all my work done before midnight, so that I don’t procrastinate and have to stay up even later to finish.
Take naps whenever you can
Naps are my saving grace. If I know I have no pressing homework or meetings to attend I try and sneak in a nap during the day. It definitely reenergizes you and kind of resets your brain. The trick is, you don’t want to sleep for too long, because then you’ll be wide awake when it is time for bed and you will mess up your whole schedule that I mentioned before.
Cut down your morning routine
This is something I’m still working on. I’m terrible about leaving a million things to do before I head to class. The night before take the time to print out any paper’s you have to bring to class, pack your bag for the next day, make your lunch and stick in the refrigerator, and lay out your clothes (even if you plan on just wearing a t-shirt the next day). The next morning you will be able to sleep in, and then wake up and have nothing to worry about except walking to class. Of course some things can’t be avoided, like walking my dog every morning, but every little bit helps.
I know this is the hardest thing for college students because mom and dad are no longer there to make sure you’ve done your homework every night. Well now that’s your responsibility, you need to take charge and just do it! You are going to have to write that paper at some point, so why not take the time to do it now and not have it loom in the back of your mind for the next week. And saying “I do better work when I’m under pressure” is not a believable statement. There is no way you do your best work at 4am on a Sunday night. Your grades will reflect your effort. And I have seen it happen too many times where friends of mine stay up all night working on school work and then end up sleeping through their class. If you had the paper done ahead of time, you could stick to your schedule, and be fully rested the next day. Pity the student that overslept, just don’t let it happen to you!
What are some other ways you’ve managed to stay rested in school?