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!


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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!


Tech-free zone


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.


Power naps


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. 


Deep breathing


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". 


If you've got any sleep tips to survive sleepless
nights, join in the conversation with us on our Facebook and Twitter using
#MySleepSecret.