It’s odd to see the words “sleeping” and “freshman” in the same sentence, isn’t it? Everyone knows that “college” is synonymous with “sleep deprivation”, afterall. While it can be challenging to balance your studies, a social life, newfound freedom, and working, it can be done. You don’t have to get used to limited sleep. We’ve compiled some tips to help you (or your freshman) adjust to a new life and a new sleep schedule.



1. Don’t procrastinate. Yes, it’s easy to put off that term paper until a couple of weeks before it’s due, but it’s not smart. If you know about a project well in advance, make a schedule and break it up into small, manageable chunks. And then stick with that schedule! Don’t blow it off, or you’ll find yourself pulling all-nighters to get it done (and probably neglecting other work in the process).


2. Schedule time for social activities, but don’t overdo it. It’s important to get out there and make new friends and have new experiences, and we’re not discouraging you from doing that. But you don’t need to spend every night of the week at a party. Schedule your time; time at work, time in class, time studying, and time socializing. Be strict with your scheduled time. If you’re supposed to be studying, study. If you’re supposed to be in class, be in class. If it’s Friday night and you’ve given yourself time to go out, go out and have fun! You don’t want to burn yourself out on school, especially in your first year.


3. Be realistic when choosing classes. Sure, sometimes you can’t be picky about when your class starts. But if you know you have trouble waking up in the morning, try to avoid scheduling early classes. Be realistic with yourself. If you’re notorious for oversleeping and missing early appointments or classes, don’t pick that 6 AM Roman History lecture.


4. Make a cozy sleeping area. It’s important to make your room a cozy, relaxing place. Invest in some nice pillows, comfy sheets, and calming colors. If you can, try to avoid studying where you sleep. Study at the desk or in the library, but not on your bed. Make sure you’re only in bed when you’re going to sleep or relaxing. This will help train your brain that bed =  relax and will make it easier to get a good night’s rest.


College is an exciting time in your life. You get to learn new things, meet new people, have new experiences, and forge your own path. Have a good time, just don’t neglect your sleep and health to do so.


Are you headed off to college this year? What are you doing to prepare for this new adventure? Any sleep tips to share with our readers? Let us know in the comments below.