Sleep

Have you pulled an all-nighter to study for an exam? Research shows that students who get a full night's sleep often perform better on exams than those who get less sleep.

Because sleep can affect our mood, learning and memory functions, as well as our immune system, it is important to establish good sleep habits.


Tips to help you sleep

  • Make your room comfortable (dark, quiet)
  • Go to sleep and wake up around the same time every day
  • Establish a bedtime ritual
  • Take a warm bath or shower or do another calming activity that may help you relax and fall asleep easier
  • Make time for physical activity during the day
  • Avoid caffeine 4-6 hours before bedtime
  • Avoid eating heavy meals before bed
  • Try not to study or watch tv while in bed

If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, make an appointment with a Student Health provider by calling (858) 534-8089.
You can also contact CAPS at: http://caps.ucsd.edu or call (858) 534-3755.

Naps

What about naps? Some researchers recommend a 20-minute nap during the day as long as it does not interfere with your ability to fall asleep at night.
Check out nap resources at The Zone.

Online resources

Have questions? Contact a Health Educator at (858) 534-1824.