Healthy Campus Initiatives: Healthy Body

Sleep

We get it. You’ll sleep when you’re dead. You don’t want to sleep through college. But did you know that your sleep affects you when you’re awake? Being tired can make you more susceptible to colds and illness, reduce your concentration, make you a dangerous driver and overall make you sluggish. A cup of coffee isn’t the answer.


• Get into a routine. Wake up and go to bed around the same time every day, including on weekends.
• Turn off the screens. This means the TV, laptop and phone.
• Exercise regularly, but more than 4 hours before you go to bed. Otherwise it will keep you up.
• Beds are for sleep and sex. Not reading, homework, Facebooking, or watching TV. Train yourself that when you crawl into bed, your body knows it’s time to go to sleep.
• Keep a journal next to your bed for thoughts that might be keeping you up. Writing them down will allow you to know that they will be taken care of in the morning.
• Power naps of 20-30 minutes are ok earlier in the day.


Having trouble sleeping? Here are some Rowan resources that can help:
Sleep Chart: Coming Soon!
Student Health Center (talk to a doctor or a nurse!)
Counseling and Psychological Services Center