“8 percent of USC students reported feeling tired 5 to 7 days out of the past week.”
– National College Health Assessment Report, 2014, Office for Wellness and Health Promotion, USC Engemann Student Health Center
One way that everyone can build resilience is to practice healthy sleep habits. Some of the ways to improve sleep quality as well as quantity are to avoid caffeine and alcohol in the evenings; keep your room at a constant temperature; get up at the same time each day; and reserve the bed for the three S’s: sleep, sickness and sex. That means don’t bring your schoolwork or your phone to bed with you, and turn off all screens and dim the lights at least an hour before bed.
Tips for Sleeping Soundly
Take A Nap
- A 20-to 30-minute power nap is the best amount of time refresh and energize you.
- Set an alarm: if you nap longer than 30 minutes, you’ll wake up more tired.
- Try taking a caffeine nap: drink a cup of coffee quickly, then take a 20 minute nap: the caffeine should kick in immediately after you wake up which should leave you feeling refreshed and energized.
- Don’t nap after 4pm or you could have trouble falling asleep at night.