SLEEP & NAPPING TIPS
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get between 7 - 9 hours of sleep each night. Studies have shown that getting consistent sleep each night can regulate mood and is related to learning and memory functions. It may also be a critical factor in overall health, weight and energy level.
- Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule. Even on weekends!
- Make sure your sleep environment helps you get the rest that you need: cool, quiet, dark, comfortable and free of interruptions.
- Use your bed only for sleep and sex. Studying or watching TV should be taken out of your sleep environment.
- Exercise regularly. Try and finish your exercise at least 3 hours before bedtime.
- Avoid caffeine close to bedtime.
Did you know that taking a 20-30 minute nap could improve your academic performance? Follow the tips below and you will be on your way to success!
- Limit your nap to 20-30 minutes. This will boost your alertness, productivity and concentration.
- Set an alarm to wake you up in 20-30 minutes.
- Nap in the late morning or early afternoon. If you nap late in the day you may disrupt your nighttime sleep.
- Minimize sleep distractions with a dark and quiet place to nap. Use an eyeshade and earplugs.