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How To Prepare Your Dorm Room For Better Sleep

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The college consists of hard work and perseverance. To enable a student to get up each day intent on pursuing their education is reliant on a steady amount of sleep. An elongated sleep can help relieve tension, but disturbance can also come from restlessness throughout that sleep period. Keeping your scores high will not be easy, but a complete and restful night of sleep will make concentrating on and absorbing the material much simpler.

Even in younger children, the American Academy of Pediatrics found a connection with poor motivation and irregular sleeping patterns. This can carry on into adolescence and early adulthood, making bad sleeping habits normality. 

Unplug Electronics

Your computer and any other electronics that belong to you should get unplugged so their light is not immediately seen. Little changes throughout the night are what wakes us up. While you should not unplug your alarm clock, try facing it away from you, so the red lettering does not cause anxious sleeplessness. Even the light whine of electricity or the buzzing of a computer fan can keep your brain from becoming fully relaxed.

It is difficult to stay on the same schedule with your roommates. Thus, if you have them be courteous with your requests and your distraction sources when they are sleeping. They are more likely in this case to show you this same regard. 

Find Black-Out Curtains

Depending on your location, your schedule could vary with the actual hours of the day. We all have an internal clock that can alert us to when it is time to wake up called the circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is heavily affected by natural light. So, if your class is too early or in the afternoon, the light coming in through your windows could break your sleep cycle at the wrong time. 

Thick Black-out curtains can eliminate light making its way inside to your dorm. If there are walkway lights or even street lights, they will keep you awake. Black-out curtains will shut out those minor distractions that keep your mind even slightly awake. More so, this is beneficial if your hectic class schedule requires naps during the day. 

Create a Color Palette For The Room

Usually painting a dorm room is out of the question. A color scheme can be developed by the accessories and bedding of the area. It can be fun to incorporate patterned elements, but with small space, the more patterns you have, the smaller and more confused space will seem. This will leave your mind computing even after you close your eyes.

Colors that are too bright, especially white, will reflect whatever small bits of light are present in your dorm. Use darker, or more neutral tones to cut down on this effect. Blue is revered as the most calming color, so be sure to incorporate it maximum calming effects.

Stay Organized

As a student, there are already a million things to worry about, and a dirty area will inflate all of these problems. Having a de-cluttered, clean area to study will make your room a retreat away from the constantly moving atmosphere of the college. A clear space will help take your mind off of all there is to be done.

Bed sheets need to be washed often and keeping them in shape will help in those final moments of becoming cozy in bed. Dirty, well-used sheets will lose their soft qualities. Sheets matted and wrinkled from sweat or those rough from grime and crumbs will not give your skin the comfort it needs.

Try Aromatherapy 

Certain scents, like jasmine, promote a full night's sleep and will do wonders for your attitude upon waking. Aromatherapy works on a multitude of levels. It can contain favorite scents that can bring the scent of home to your dorm. Lilac and Lavender are other soothing scents. An aromatherapist can give full details on the benefits and scent variations of aromatherapy. 

The scent is the strongest sense for recalling comforting memories and give the space an inviting nature, even subconsciously. Lastly, sleep-associated scents can leave you in a state of deep sleep longer, with less vulnerability to outside sounds and light.  

The Mattress Can Make a Difference

Investing in a mattress of your own could be out of the question financially, but if you have the funds, it could give you an entirely different way to make your dorm comfortable. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to the type of mattress they prefer. Choosing a bed is difficult, and you may have particular rules in your dorm to abide by, so be clear on the limitations. 

Adjustable beds are known for their versatility and they can even adjust to sitting positions for relaxed studying. Check out the best adjustable beds that sleepjunkie recommends. Even if an entire mattress is not within your sights, find an affordable mattress cover with added padding. 

Having a unique dorm room is just another part of discovering your personality and path in university. You can still keep these design aspects, but keep peaceful sleeping methods at the forefront. The amount of sleep, and how restful it actually is, reflects in your daily work. So, starting to make a sleep-friendly dorm will leave you one step closer to more focus and a better outlook on everyday life. 

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