It might seem bizarre that we are giving you advice on how to sleep during fresher’s week; sleep is hardly the most exciting part of your first week at university. However, it is potentially one of the most important. Freshers are notorious for skipping sleep, which is why we composed some tips on how to sleep well during your first week at university.
We all know that our bodies cannot function well without a good night’s sleep. Not only will we have less energy but our cognitive functions won’t work as well – which is pretty vital at university. You don’t want to miss some important information in a lecture because you’re too tired, do you?
You may think that you need to go out every night of fresher’s week and that staying out until 4am every night is mandatory, but when you crash from exhaustion on day three or four, you may well regret it and might miss out on other fresher activities during the week. A good night’s sleep is important to get the most out of fresher’s week.
Here are some tips on how to sleep well and feel fresh during university fresher’s week:
You have probably heard of the dreaded ‘Fresher’s Flu’, usually caused by excessive drinking, lack of sleep and stress. To avoid it, you should make sure you look after yourself by keeping to a balanced, nutritious diet.
Don’t do the silly things like living off instant noodles, alcohol and coffee during fresher’s week. Buy frozen vegetables and take fruit to lectures to ensure you are getting your five-a-day and all the nutrients you need to keep healthy.
If you’ve chosen a university that is a long way from home, it is worth registering with your university doctors just in case you become unwell.
Obviously exercise is important to keeping healthy and it can help you get a better night’s rest too. Sign up to the university gym and think about taking the stairs rather than the lift, or walking instead of taking the university bus.
Maintain a regular sleeping schedule
Creating a routine is important, so aim to sleep between set times as often as you can. You can vary the time slightly (you don’t need to go to bed at exactly 10.30pm every night), but try not to vary your sleeping schedule by any more than two hours.
When it gets to the weekend, you may be tempted to spend the day in bed if you have no plans, but try to avoid doing so as the quality of sleep you are getting will be low. This can have similar affects on your body as having too little sleep, making you feel drowsy and lethargic.
Have a relaxing bedtime routine
When it’s almost time to go to bed, take time to wind down and relax. For example try taking a hot shower, reading a book or listening to some chilled out music. Having a relaxing bedtime routine helps to separate your daily activities from your time for sleep. Try and avoid anything too stimulating before you go to bed or you could be kept awake into the early hours. It might be difficult to do, but it is important to have some downtime between fresher activities and going to sleep.
To help you relax, try filling your room with a soothing scent, such as lavender. But instead of buying the likes of an air freshener or reed diffuser, purchase a Made By Zen aroma diffuser. Not only do they look trendy, it fragrances your surroundings healthily and effectively.
Create a sleep-friendly environment
When decorating your new room, think about what you can do to ensure it is sleep-friendly. It can be difficult sleeping in student halls due to people playing music loudly or having noisy parties, but there are a few things you can do to aid sleep, such as hanging up dark curtains, using eye masks and putting in ear plugs before you go to sleep. If other noise is keeping you from going to sleep, you can also try playing white noise to drown out the sounds. Likewise, ASoftMurmur.com is a great resource that allows you to create your own ‘ambient sounds to wash away distraction’. It was designed to make the creator, Gabriel Martin, focus and also aid his sleep.
Avoid alcohol and nicotine close to bedtime
Alcohol and nicotine can make you sleep lighter as they are stimulants. If you are a smoker, try not to smoke within two hours of going to bed. This will aid a good sleep and less likelihood of waking up or being restless during the night.
Do you have any advice on how to sleep well during fresher’s week? Let us know in the comments.