Freshers week is just around the corner and we're sure you're all as excited as ever to get stuck in. As you adapt to your newly found student lifestyle, your sleep needs often get neglected so to make sure you're as prepared as you can be, we've teamed up with Dr Nerina to give you some sleep tips for the busy week ahead!
Sleep deprivation can lead to lowered immunity and increased stress, which is not something you need during your first weeks at university. Follow these simple steps to help get you through freshers week, feeling 'fresh'.
Setting up your room
Set up your room so that it is as comfortable as possible. Making your new room a home from home will help to make you feel settled and at ease. Put your student loan to good use and invest in a good quality pillow to support your head and neck and a comfortable duvet. You need to create a comfy environment if you want a restful night!
Ensure you get the best sleep (when you can) by making your bed a tech-free zone. This means no tv's, computers or phones. Although it may prove hard if you're living in shared accommodation, try to keep electronics such as laptops and televisions out of the room if possible. The use of electronic devices before bed has been proven to affect the time it takes to fall to sleep and also the quality of your overall sleep. Research at Brown University has found that approximately 73 per cent of students report sleep problems at their time at university.
Students are notorious for their daily naps, however this isn't necessarily a bad thing. A power nap is the perfect thing to keep you going. Our sleep expert, Dr Nerina, says,"A power nap is 10-20 minutes in which you will be aware of thoughts, noises and sensations but at the same time will be in a deep state of relaxation - not asleep but not awake." She recommends the ideal time of day is 3pm, when people naturally have a dip in their energy levels. This will allow you to be awake enough for your next fresher's event or lecture.
If you feel over stimulated and you are struggling to get to sleep, try a deep breathing exercise. Dr Nerina says, "Bring your attention to your breathing and follow your breaths using the words 'IN' and 'OUT'. While doing this, cast your mind over your day and think of all the lovely new people you've met. Think of any new events that have made you happy. allow yourself to feel grateful for entering this new phase of your life and breathe into the feeling of gratitude".