We’ve all heard many sleep facts about both the benefits of a full night’s rest and the detriment of deprivation. We know that our performance in class, work, and athletics will improve when we catch more Zzzs. Yet we constantly disregard our need for some shut eye, knowingly compromising our health and memory. 

“I don’t have time to sleep,” we reason. “I’m too busy for that.”

“I function better off of four hours anyway.”

Right? Wrong. 

As a college student, we need as much sleep as we can get! It’s time to stop the excuses, cut ties with taking pride in sleeping so little, and press pause for some real rest. 

SCHEDULE YOUR SLEEP

We make time to get our homework done and we are capable of turning in assignments before the Moodle deadline. It’s time to take that same diligence to your sleep schedule. If you use a planner to keep yourself organized, consider writing down what time you need to go to bed each night to get enough rest. When we schedule sleep, we make it a non-negotiable priority. 

SKIP THE SOUND

Try using ear plugs to avoid the noise of your residence hall. An eye mask is also a good idea to block out light. Ear plugs and eye masks are important because even if you don’t fully wake up, research is revealing that sound and light can arouse you slightly and negatively affect sleep cycles (https://amerisleep.com/blog/sound-impacts-sleep-cycle/).

SHUT DOWN
It’s not just about calming down your mind with some mediation or mental imagery before bed. Turn off your phone and computer too. Set an alarm on a clock or watch to help avoid the temptation of leaving on your phone at night. 

Interested in learning more about sleep? The CAPS Honest Conversation is about sleep this month! It’s on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Schaap Auditorium of the Bultman Student Center.

You can also check out the Press Pause posters about sleep, as well as some of our favorite sleep sources!

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510336/sleepbetter

Have a question you want to ask or a topic you want to suggest? Email us at presspause@hope.edu

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