As summer comes to an end, it means one thing for college bound students — getting into a sleeping habit in university dorms. When you live the dorm life, sleep can come at a premium thanks to tight quarters, thin walls, and an even thinner dorm bed mattress. Yet the importance of sleep is paramount for you to be able to do your best in school. So as you prepare for a fulfilling school year, start by getting the best sleep you can by following this advice.
Upgrading Dorm Bedding
The typical mattress for dorm bedding is as thin as a whisper, and it can cause you to have some sleepless nights. Upgrade your dorm bed by adding a padded mattress cover and a foam egg crate to the top. These two elements will add inches of comfort to your sleeping situation.
Next, consider what type of bedding you will need for your dorm room. Dorm beds are typically the extra-long twin size, so make sure to buy the right size of sheets and blankets before you arrive on campus. You can also verify the right size by checking with your dorm room advisor prior to your move.
When it comes to buying sheets, consider the climate where you are studying. Hot and humid climates call for lightweight, t-shirt material or sheets with high thread counts. Cooler weather conditions demand flannel and or fleece sheets.
Whichever you choose, consider having a backup for the change of seasons. The color of your bedding is equally as important. To give your dorm bed a calming and relaxing vibe, opt for blues, greens, or light yellow. White is often avoided in case you also use your bed for studying and snack time, as most college students do.
Getting a Bedtime Routine
The importance of sleep for college students is quintessential if you want to be able to focus on your classes and study sessions. The adverse effects of lack of sleep include feeling fatigued, being unable to concentrate, and being more likely to zone out during class time. Your general health can suffer if you go without beneficial sleep for too long, and this can cause you to miss classes and do poorly on exams. Fortunately, with the right bedtime routine you can improve your dorm room sleep.
Let’s start with the big question of timing. Is 6 hours of sleep enough? According to medical doctors at the Mayo Clinic young adults need seven to eight hours of sleep. While sleep needs vary according to the individual, this is the average amount you should aim for on a regular basis. In order to ensure you can get that much sleep, even during the hectically paced exam weeks, start by going to bed at the same time every night.
There are several apps available that will help you get a better night’s sleep. Check out the Healthline 2017 Best Apps for Insomnia, which include:
- Sleep Cycle
- Sleep Well Hypnosis
Also, if you are moving to a university in a different region, you may have to deal with a new time zone. If so, you'll want to adjust to sleeping in that new zone before you start school.
Getting enough sleep is a habit that will help you make the most of the rest of your life, so start on the right track today. By incorporating these tricks and planning ahead, you can give yourself the best shot at a good night’s sleep, even on your first night of college life.