Whether it is your first semester or your last semester, coming to school can throw everyone’s sleep schedule for a loop. Here is a list of tips and tricks to help you get a full eight hours of sleep each night.

1. Make sure your bed is only used for pleasurable activities and sleeping.
Try doing activities like homework, eating, etc. in a different location than your bed. This way you will know that when you are in bed, it is time to sleep.
2. Have a fan in your room.
This can create white noise to block out all the other sounds that can fill a residence hall at night. It can also be used to cool down if your room is too hot at night. You could also use a white noise app on your phone or a sound machine.
3. Make sure your room is dark.
You do not want to have any light in your room; the best sleeping environment requires that the room be as dark as possible.
4. Create a routine.
Going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning will allow your body to follow a natural cycle, and it will make it easier to fall asleep and wake up easier each day.
5.Turn off all screens at least 30 minutes before bed.
This will not only allow the room to be completely dark, but it will also give your mind time to wind down before you actually fall asleep.

Sleep has many positive effects on your physical and mental health and wellbeing. If you have questions or are still having trouble sleeping, feel free to stop by during POW Office Hours to pick up a sleep kit, which contains a sleep mask, ear plugs, tea, and more goodies.