Whether we're getting around town, paying bills or connecting with friends, technology continues to make our lives easier than ever. However, if there was one negative to the ongoing development of our devices, it would be the impact on our sleeping patterns.
Before we nod off each night, most people are likely to be on their phone or tablet - minimising the amount of sleep they can get. If you're a student, how many hours sleep should you get and how can you ensure your sleep environment is conducive to good rest?
Those aged 18-25 years are recommended to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Although as short as 6 hours and as long as 10-11 hours could be appropriate for some people, for optimal recovery and rest, between 7 and 9 hours is best.
Of course, to get a quality night of sleep, you'll need to create the right environment. Here are some of our top tips:
- Have a regular routine - This means going to sleep at the same time each night and conducting a similar sleep ritual to get your body ready for bed
- Avoid napping after 4 p.m
- Avoid alcohol, smoking and caffeine around three hours before bedtime
- Avoid using electronics that emit blue light late at night such as laptops, tablets and smartphones - Give yourself some offline time to relax before sleep
- Associate your bed with sleep - This means avoid doing things like assignments in bed, save this space for sleep
- Have nutritious and light evening meals - To give your body time to start the digestion process
Sleep is one of the basic building blocks for good health
With a seemingly endless stream of assignments and exams to study for, balancing sleeping with studying can be tricky. However, in the same way as food and exercise, sleep is one of the basic building blocks for good health.
Having a healthy sleep routine has been scientifically-proven to support our immune function, metabolism, memory, and learning. In fact, sleep restores our bodies physically, mentally and emotionally after each day. Sleep is essentially our reset button and getting enough sleep enables us to perform at our best.
Do you have trouble sleeping?
Although you can change your sleeping habits over time, it can have an ongoing impact on your health. This includes higher risk of anxiety, depression, stress and other chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
If you're worried about your sleeping patterns and general health, feel free to reach out to our Student Health Centre. Our doctors and nurses can offer comprehensive medical services for all Unitec students at an affordable price. The Student Health Centre is open between Monday and Friday from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
To learn more about the health services available, get in touch with the Unitec support team today.
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