Doctor says one of the keys for your students to succeed in College is to get adequate sleep

The U.S. News Report recently published an article about the importance of sleep for students in College.

Key findings were:

“A bad night’s sleep or chronically not getting enough sleep can affect every aspect of our lives,” said Dr. Aneesa Das, assistant director of the sleep medicine program at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

“It can affect how we perform in school, our immunity and our emotions. When we’re tired, we’re more prone to infections, more likely to get into arguments and less likely to participate in activities we enjoy,” she said in a university news release.

Dr. Das says that lack of sleep can affect their physical and mental well-being.

Some of the tips given are:

  1. Students should keep up with their schoolwork so they don’t have to pull all-nighters.
  2. After studying at night students should decompress for 30 minutes before going to sleep.
  3. They should keep their room cool, dark and quiet at night. Turn off TVs, computers, tablets and phones, which emit a blue light that disrupts sleep. If their roommate is still working, use eyeshades.
  4. Exercising during the day can help them sleep better.
  5. Don’t rely on pills to go to sleep or caffeine to stay awake.
  6. If they have to nap, do it before 4 p.m. and sleep no more than 30 minutes,
  7. Exposure to bright light as soon as they wake up will help them be better alert for early morning classes.

Pass these tips on to your students and they will be better prepared to tackle their college experience.