Use Senses for Better Sleep

Posted On June 12, 2018
Categories 2018 News Archived

College is a balancing act and students often develop poor sleeping habits. Good quality sleep cannot occur without the right sleeping environment. Be mindful and use the five senses (sight, taste, hear, touch and sound) when getting ready to sleep. Sometimes the answer to getting a good nights sleep is a change of fresh linens and a glass of warm milk with a bit of lavender honey. Check out how to use the five senses to attain better quality sleep:

Sight:

  • Invest in blackout window curtains for windows. They are effective and help keep the light out and make the room nice and dark.
  • Keep phones and all electronic devices on “silent mode” or turned off.

Taste:

  • Going to sleep hungry is as bad as going to sleep too full! Avoid caffeine, large meals and alcohol before bedtime. Eat light and healthy snacks that will help keep the body satisfied and not upset the stomach when going to sleep.
  • When in doubt, visit the Student Health Clinic’s Registered Dietitian who will serve as the best guide to help reach nutrition goals.

Hearing:

  • Listen to relaxing nature sounds to help relax and fall asleep.
  • If living with roommates, have a candid conversation in regards to sleeping schedules to avoid any potential disruptions.

Smell:

  • Scent is very important because it can guide the mind to a relaxing paradise or to an uncomfortable place. Utilize an essential oil diffuser: Try lavender essential oil (a floral delicate scent will help to relax and fall asleep faster).
  • Change dirty linens for fresh clean linens once a week.

Touch:

  • Maintaining a comfortable temperature in the bedroom is very important for sleep quality and daytime functions.
  • Mattresses should be comfortable and not cause any pain or pressure to the body.

Student Health Promotion wants students to understand the importance of good quality sleep for their overall health and academic performance. The tips provided along with support from the Mind and Body Clinic and Counseling and Testing Center can provide students with resources to enjoy college, and get a good night’s sleep. Follow Student Health Promotion on our social media @BeWellGSU on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or more information. Please visit American Academy for Sleep Education for more information and resources.