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Apr 22

Calling all night Owls

Making your sleep habits work for you.

Sleeping much? at night or in lecture? if these questions make you yawn or weep, you’re in good (but tired) company.

Many college students are night owls, prone to staying up late, then sleeping well into the morning or crashing during the day.

Night owls come in different types. to find your sleep fixes, first identify which type of night owl you are. 

Common night owl

Bedtime: midnight–2 a.m.

Short-term goal: No tech in bed

 Strategies

  • Wake up at 7–9:30 a.m.

  • Quit the tech earlier

  • Avoid caffeine after 3 p.m.

  • Limit distractions

  • Stay low-energy before bed 

Distressed night owl

 Bedtime 2-4 a.m 

Short-term goal: Strategize on naps

Strategies 

  • Wake up at 9-11 a.m. 

  • Map your nap

  • Avoid 8 a.m. classes

  • See common night owl

Wrecked night owl

Bedtime 4-7 a.m.

Short-term goal: move toward consistent wake-up time

Strategies

  • wake up by 11 a.m.

  • Avoid naps

  • Incremental changes

  • Seek medical help

  • See common night owl & distressed night owl

 

Common disruptions
  • Biology
  • All-nighters
  • Student life 
  • Energy drinks
  • Medication
  • Alcohol or marijuana
  • Health conditions

 

Impact    
  • Low mood 
  • poor performance
  • weight gain or illness

  except from Student Health 101™

  ⇒Posted by Daphney Romain⇐

 

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