Do You Have Bad Sleep Hygiene?

Hygiene is a word that is not often associated with the word sleep.  However, sleep hygiene plays an extremely important part in our quality of sleep and alertness during the day.  Especially in college students, sleep hygiene is something commonly overlooked. 

According to the National Sleep Foundation there are many examples of bad sleep hygiene and many of these are used on a daily basis by college students.  One of the examples being, avoiding naps during the day.  Naps are a very popular thing among college students with all of the late night studying and and staying out with friends.  Sometimes naps can be the only thing to make it through to the next class, however those naps could be hindering sleep quality which is extremely important in memorizing material and critical thinking for classes and exams. 

A few other examples are; avoiding caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol too close to bed time; eating food right before bedtime; avoid watching the television, TV, or reading; and lastly; to ensure that the sleeping area is pleasant and relaxing.  Coffee and energy drinks are often used by many college students to stay up late studying for tests, which can directly cause poor sleep hygiene. The caffeine may help you stay up a few extra hours to cram, but the quality of sleep will be poor and may ultimately affect the functioning of the student during the exam anyway. 

With laptops and tablets being so popular, many students have fallen into the habit of playing with these devices late into the night rather than sleeping. It has also become a habit of many to fall asleep with the television on or with an episode of your favorite show from Netflix. This may seem like it makes sleep easier initially, but the lights and noises from the TV avoid you from reaching your deepest possible sleep. 

College students are busy people and should be functioning at high levels at all times in order to do well.  A good nights sleep is vital in good grades, mental health, and daily functioning in general.  By avoiding examples of bad sleep hygiene you are more likely to maintain a regular sleep-wake cycle!

By: Kaitlin Gaffney

Say Goodbye To Stress!

Hello Rowan Students! Summer is here, but the fall is right around the corner. For most students, that means so is stress. Why not start learning how to get stress under control now? There are so many healthy ways to help manage stress before it gets to be too much. Start doing things that make you happy, and make you feel in control! Of course some of you may be thinking, “Well how am I possibly going to have time to do anything once school starts back up again?” Fortunately, there are things that will not take much time from your day that will help your body and your mind in a positive way! Here are just a few tips on how to relieve some stress:

  • Take a few minutes to listen to a song that makes you feel happy, or reminds you of a good time.
  • Try meditating or doing yoga. Even 10 minutes can help relax your body and mind!
  • Go for a walk. Exercise, even in light forms, will release endorphins that will help improve your mood!
  • Swap your coffee for a cup of tea. Caffeine from coffee and energy drinks can make your heart race, and make you feel more anxious and stressed. Green tea has a lot less caffeine and is very soothing.

So there you have it! Try these tips while you’re feeling stressed and see how easy and helpful they really are!

 

By: Alyssa Scarpato