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Crash course on college sleeping

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) - Nearly 70 percent of college students are sleep deprived. So for students transitioning from high school to college, adjusting to the new academic responsibilities, social activities - and lack of structured sleep routine from high school - can be tough.

College dorm rooms can be hot, noisy and uncomfortable -- all of which robs students of sleep and can cost them in the classroom. Lack of sleep has a wide range of effects and makes students more vulnerable to everything from infections to diabetes - even high blood pressure.

For a crash course on getting a good night’s sleep, Aneesa Das, MD sleep specialist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, offers tips to get the best shut-eye:

  • Room should be cool, dark and quiet
  • When you wake up in the morning try to get the room as bright as possible
  • Turn off screens 30 mins before bed (blue light from screens hinders ability to fall asleep)
  • Never fall asleep with TV or computer on
  • Too loud? Keep earplugs nearby
  • Can’t sleep? Take a shower! (but NOT a cold one)
  • “Take a warm shower 2 two hours before bedtime so that as the body naturally cools down it induces sleep.”
  • Avoid all-nighters at all cost -- once you lose sleep, you never get it back!