Monday, September 12, 2016

Improving Your Sleep Environment

As adults, you would think that we would all have the whole sleep thing handled by now. But in reality, sleep is a major problem for many students. In the age of technology, there can be many different aspects that can distract us when we are trying to go to sleep.  Strolling through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and back to Facebook is a common nightly routine for many college students.
Being new on campus means that you are getting use to a different environment and new routines. One of the most important things about being back at school is adjusting to your sleep environment.  Talk to your roommate or the people you live with about the ideal sleep environment to ensure a good night's rest!

Below are some quick tips on how to create a better sleep environment! This improvement can make all the difference!

What can I change within my bedroom to create a better sleep environment?
  • Your bedroom should be a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment that is neither too hot nor too cold.
  • If sunlight is an issue for you, try room darkening curtains.
  • Remove all TVs, computers, and other “gadgets” from the bedroom.
  • Try turning your notifications off. The alert sounds may keep you awake longer.
  • Your bed should be comfortable and used only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music
  • Refrain from late-night snacking in bed, or eating a large meal. Crackers and small amounts of water are recommended to have if you need a snack before bed.

If you would like more information about Sleep, you can attend one of our open sessions called Snoozing Like A Panther:

September 14th at 5:30  in the MLK Union: Greenup Room

October 17th at 6:30 in the MLK Union: Martinsville Room

You may also contact the HERC's Health Promotion Coordinator, Bree Rehor, at (217) 581-7786, or

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