Students: How to get a good night of sleep
When the semester starts not only do the lectures start up but also the late nights at the library and drinking with housemates. It can be hard to juggle your social life with studying and making time to burn off steam and this can affect a good night of sleep. Read below to find out some slight changes you can make to ensure a decent night of rest whilst being a student.
Get enough time in
It does matter if you get too little or too much of sleep. Even if you are feeling really tired or have a late night, sleeping for too long can have a more negative effect than you think. Sleeping too much can make you overtired and feel more exhausted than before, it also slows down your metabolism which will lessen your focus. If you do have a late night, try not to sleep in as long as your normally would and then have a decent night the next day. This way you can restart your sleeping pattern and put it back into the right pace. If you are not having enough sleep, due to late nights at the library or because you can drink your friends under the table, you need to make the right decisions to put yourself in good health. Try having a night out only when you don’t have much on the next day, or staying in with friends. If you are at home, the night won’t be as late as you don’t need to travel home and it will also save you money.
Your eating patterns can affect your sleep and how tired you feel. If you have a bad diet, filled with saturated fat, kebabs, and brown and yellow coloured food, this will play havoc on your energy levels. Your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs to get through the day, which will cost your more money and energy. Because of a bad diet, you may feel tired more often, sleep in more and take naps, which is affecting your night of sleep. Also, avoid eating just before you go to sleep as your body is still digesting the food and can’t rest with you, and it is giving you a burst of energy when you least need it.
Exercise may seem tiring and time-consuming but once you get into a routine, moving more can prove to actually give you more energy. There’s plenty of cheap exercise for students available, too! Exercise releases endorphins and gives your body the boost it needs, and when you exercise more you will be tired at the right times like after a workout, and not after eating a takeaway! There are lots of different type of exercise you can do, like Yoga for posture, balance and flexibility, cheap gym membership at your student gym, going jogging or running or swimming at your local leisure centre or pool.
One of the hardest things to master is when to say no to a good time. University is full of nights out, nights in, takeaways and parties and having a good time can be hard to turn down! You need to realise how many physical university time you should attend, i.e. lectures and seminars, how much individual learning time you need to set aside, like readings and researching, and how much you need to dedicate to your coursework and revision. After this, you will know how much free time you have. Now, we’re not talking about being a bore and only work, but sometimes saying no can do you a lot of good! Remember to put everything in good balance and not to party or work too hard.
If you evaluate the time you have and set enough to get a good night of sleep aside, you will start feeling a lot better! It will not only reflect on your mood but your health and studying too! So, cancel the order at the Chinese, go for a jog and get the 8 hours in by tomorrow morning!