5 Tips to Sleep in a House Share
There’s something quite enchanting about September. Each September, parents drive up and down the country to drop their sons and daughters off at their university. Whether they’re a nervous first-year or seasoned third-year, everyone experiences the student tradition of a house share.
House sharing can be a fantastic experience for all, friendships are formed and memories are made. Unfortunately, those good times can become nightmarish in the evening. Although it’s almost seen as a student tradition to go out as many nights as possible, there will be times when you simply need to sleep. Whether it’s an exam the following morning or post- fresher’s week exhaustion which sends you to bed, you might find that your housemates don’t share that need for sleep. Should those times arise, you’ll do well to remember our tips on how to sleep in a house share.
Remember the Earplugs
You’ll find that friends and family will be quick to join you on university shopping trips. Whilst your family are throwing in as many pots and pans as the trolley will hold, try and find somewhere to put some earplugs. Extremely cheap and easy to store, you’ll find that earplugs will be the saviour of sleep. If you pack some of these, you won’t find yourself having to listen to flat no.22’s music the evening before your important 9AM lecture.
Coffee – Study Stimulant or Sleep Stopper?
Don’t find yourself stuck in the vicious coffee and coursework circle which impacts students across the country. If you find yourself working late into the evening, don’t reach for that cup of coffee. The coffee might stimulate you to finish your work, but you’ll soon have a hard time trying to sleep that evening. We suggest that you leave six hours between your last cup of coffee and going to sleep. That means if you’re planning on going to bed at 11PM, don’t grab a coffee after 5PM.
Whilst alcohol and partying go hand-in-hand for many students, it is important to realise that alcohol will significantly impact the quality of your sleep. Whilst you may find that you fall asleep quicker, your body will not receive the quality of sleep that it needs. On an average night, your body goes through six to seven cycles of REM sleep, which rejuvenates and refreshes your body. However, if you have been drinking, your body will typically have only one or two cycles of REM sleep, leaving you tired the following day.
Avoid the Naps
If you’re wanting to keep a normal sleep schedule during your studies, it is important to avoid daytime naps. You’ll find that many students tend to nap in the day, whether it’s to prepare for their evening activities or quite simply out of boredom, it’s important that you avoid picking up this habit. If you sleep during the day, it will mean that you are not tired in the evening.
Clear the Air
Finally, University is the time to make long-lasting friendships with memories that last a lifetime, however, living with a group of people isn’t always easy. There might be times where you have an argument or dispute which will raise your stress levels. A key to successfully living in shared accommodation is communication and compromises. Don’t allow yourself to get worked up as high-stress levels make it harder to sleep.
If there’s no way of clearing the air, go to your local gym to blow off some steam. After all, you get a student discount!