As Fall quarter starts, maintaining a healthy sleep and diet routine can be difficult. Academics and extracurriculars start to take priority. All-nighters and late-night snack runs start happening, and sometimes you even skip breakfast – all which can impact your success as a college student!
Your goal for sleep? Seven to nine hours a night. Here are a few tips to help you get that full night of rest:
- You’ve definitely heard this before but limit screen time. Put your cell phone away 30 minutes before bed (crazy, I know) and try reading if you’re having a hard time sleeping.
- Be careful of trying to “catch up” on sleep on the weekends. Unfortunately, this isn’t how sleep works, you can’t stock up on it for later.
- If you’re having trouble sleeping try taking a hot shower before bed. Research has shown that this may trigger sleep.
- Lastly, if you’re exercising (hopefully you are!) and you’re having difficulties falling asleep, try moving your work-out to earlier in the day.
According to Google, the top foods college students consume are pizza, fries, ramen, chips, and hamburgers. Considering you may be away from home for the first time or you’re in a dorm room, this diet makes sense and it’s tasty. What can you do to eat healthier?
- Make meal time important and set aside time to eat. It’s easy to grab a quick bite when you’re rushing to class but remember that without a healthy body, you wouldn’t even be able to attend class. Be conscious of what you’re using to fuel yourself.
- You already know it, but try to eat less meat and bread. All hail veggies and fruit! You can go here to download an app to your phone to see all the nutritional information for everything served in Gwinn commons. Pretty handy for staying health conscious.
- Finally, trying checking out websites like this one, that offer healthy dorm room recipes. Maybe get together with a few friends and do a weekly dorm-style dinner.