WOU Statistics, 2018
The recommendation for traditional college-aged students (18-25 years old) is roughly 7 to 9 hours per night. The National Sleep Foundation also suggests that between 6 to 11 hours may be appropriate for some individuals, but any sleep not within this duration is not recommended (i.e. less than 6 hours of sleep or more than 11 hours of sleep).
Benefits of Adequate Sleep
- Get sick less often
- Stay at a healthy weight
- Lower your risk for serious health problems, like diabetes and heart disease
- Reduce stress and improve your mood
- Think more clearly and do better in school and at work
- Get along better with people
- Make good decisions and avoid injuries – for example, sleepy drivers cause thousands of car accidents every year
Tips for Falling Asleep
- Keep your sleep schedule consistent. If you vary them by more than two hours, you may actually feel more tired. Try to avoid the temptation to sleep in on the weekends.
- Have a relaxing bed time routine and stick to it.
- Avoid using your phone or laptop at night. The light may affect your eyes and actually prevent you from falling asleep.
- Exercise regularly. Regular exercise has been shown to help improve sleep.
- Avoid caffeine before bedtime.
- Avoid alcohol consumption before bed. Although some people use alcohol as a sleep aid, it actually leads to an increased night awakenings making your sleep lest restful.
- Drink herbal tea, such as chamomile or lavender.
- Limit afternoon naps to less than an hour.
On Campus Resources
- R&R Room: located at the Student Health and Counseling Center