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9.15.2014

This room is made for Sleep!

9.15.2014


SEE Tip: Sleep is crucial for functioning throughout the day.  So why not do everything we can do to create the best space for a restful night?  Whether you are sleeping in a residence hall, an apartment, a row house, or even a tent-- there is a way to make your sleep space ideal for quality ZZZ's.


  • Noise - It's best to keep most noise at a minimum.  That means, falling asleep while your roommate practices the trumpet is probably not going to work out well.  If the trumpeter HAS to practice (and can't get to the practice room), consider trying ear plugs to help you drown out the music.
  • Tempature - If you're freezing or sweating- you're likely too busy trying to regulate your body tempature to even get to sleep.  Instead, try creating a tempature that works for you.  Whether that's using a fan or using an extra blanket on the bed.  Find your cool place for a comfortable night's sleep.
  • Light - Keeping light to a minimum can help your body's natural circadian rhythms know that it's time to sleep (and time to wake when the sun peaks through the windows).  Start setting the darker tone by reducing light in the room at least 1 hour before you're attempting to be asleep; turn the main light off (use a small bedside lamp if needed), or try darker curtains on the windows to keep out street light.
  • Technology - Turn off the TV, Laptop, and any other tech about an hour before bed.  Consider reading a book (for pleasure or for class) instead of refreshing your Facebook feed.  Trust, the FB updates will be there in the morning-- perfect to read while eating your breakfast before class, right?
  • The S's- Sleep & Sex.  Keep the use of your bed limited to sleep and/or sex.  The bed should be associated with stress relief, not stressful things--  in other words, don't bring your books to bed, only yourself or a bed buddy.
Do you already do any of these?  Or think you might try one?  Stop by the Breezeway today from 10:45-12:30 to tell us about your sleep space, and you could win a sleep kit from PEEPs!



HKB Tip:  Creating an environment for better sleep can also mean reducing unhealthy distractions or addictions.  Some cigarette smokers may choose to fall asleep and/or wake up with a smoke.  However, we know this is not helpful for better sleep, as the smokers may feel an intense craving for the nicotine, possibly waking them from slumber and creating interruptions in their night of sleep.  Additionally, it can be extremely dangerous as the leading cause of home fire deaths is from smoking.  If you are a smoker, consider only smoking outside in a safe area, and avoid smoking in bed to reduce the chances of becoming a statistic.



Mellow Out Monday Tip:  We're BAAAAAACK!  Stressbusters is back in the MSE tonight and throughout the rest of the semester from 8-10pm with free back rubs for all!  Stop by for a 5-7 minute back rub from a trained Stressbuster tonight.  Let us reduce your stress for a better night sleep and week ahead!

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