9 HOURS 15 MINUTES
The average amount of time a college student needs to sleep each night.
- Dr. James Maas
- “While it may sound self-explanatory, in our freshman year it took some of us some time to realize that he or she needed to get a good night’s sleep. Once one’s sleep each night increased, so did one’s grade point average.”
- “Regardless of how much you might personally need, you will have a hard time concentrating in class – and learning – if you are drowsy. Also, your ability to retain facts in memory is greatly enhanced when you get enough sleep.”
- “If you get plenty of rest, you will have more energy to make it to every class on time, and to do all of the readings and assignments.”
- Skip the caffeine. You think you can’t feel it? Think you can fall asleep just fine at night after that afternoon caffeinated soda? Think again. Caffeine taken six hours before bedtime was as disruptive or more so than caffeine taken 3 hours before bedtime. Especially compared to no caffeine at all.
- Quit drinking after dinner. There’s a reason why your doc says not to have more than two drinks a day. This stuff really screws you up on many levels, and your sleep, as well as your liver, takes a big hit.
- Get moving. You don’t need to run a marathon, but you can’t just sit there all day and then expect to have good night’s sleep. Your body was made for movement and deep sleep gets a boost from daily moderate exercise.
- Dim the lights at night. Light has the biggest impact on our circadian rhythm, far more so than food or social ques. So do yourself a favor and dim the brightness on the TV. If you truly must work after dinner, dim the screen on your computer or laptop to block out blue light, as that type of light can keep you awake longer than yellow light. Prevent potential wake ups during the night by using an eye mask to block out unwanted light . Or block “glowing” lights on your devices by turning them away from you or with masking tape and sticky notes.
- Keep cool. Body temperature and room temperature both help us fall asleep, stay asleep, and get more restorative sleep. Keep your bedroom between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit for the best sleep results.
Dr. Rhoades also serves as a consultant to the Garrett Planning Network, a nationwide network of independent, Fee-Only financial planners making competent, objective financial advice accessible to all people. He is the author of several books, dozens of articles, and he is a frequent speaker at financial planning and investments conferences. He is the recipient of many awards for his advocacy on behalf of the fiduciary standard. Dr. Rhoades is also a member of The Florida Bar, and he practices estate planning and transfer taxation for select current clients.
Dr. Rhoades and his wife, Cathy, reside in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
To contact Dr. Rhoades, please e-mail: WKUBear@gmail.com.