you ever stayed up all night just to stare at the ceiling? With fears of the
future, hopes of a better tomorrow and whirlwind thoughts racing through the mind,
it can be difficult to catch enough z’s, especially as a college student.
us have probably experienced our fair share of sleepless nights, but if it has
become a night-time routine, it might be something more serious.
Stanke, a junior business administration major, has had difficulty sleeping for
normally tired before bed, but when I go to lay down for the night, I can’t
sleep,” Stanke said. “It’s the same thing every night.”
is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling asleep or
difficulty staying asleep.
the night I wake up a lot and usually don’t feel very rested the next day,”
sleep disorder may be a result of other health conditions such as asthma or depression,
but it also may be a result of something as simple as too much light or noise
in your sleep environment.
effects of insomnia can be either short or long-term, can come and go with
periods of time with no sleep problems, or just last one night. It is
considered to be chronic when the insomnia continues at least three nights a
week for over one month.
can be caused by many things, including significant stress, pain or discomfort
at night, illness, some medications, depression or anxiety, a switch in sleep
schedules, or environmental factors, like noise and light.
think the reasoning behind why I have difficulty sleeping is all the stress
that school brings. Especially now with it being the final stretch towards
finals,” Stanke said. “I usually get the best sleep on nights that I don’t have
anything going on that stresses me out, but I honestly can’t remember the last
good night of sleep I got.”
midst of the thought-tornado wiping through your mind at night, good sleep
habits can help you get a good night’s sleep and beat insomnia.
caffeine and alcohol late in the day. Caffeine will only stimulate those
thoughts and alcohol may cause waking throughout the night.
your bedroom comfortable by making sure it is dark, quiet and a good
temperature. Living with roommates can make this difficult, so try using a
sleeping mask to keep out the light and earplugs or a fan to block out the
Follow a routine before bed to cue drowsiness, such as reading a book or
listening to music.
work wonders. If you are a worrier, make to-do lists before you go to bed to
avoid focusing on those worries overnight.
more serious cases of insomnia, it is best to contact your health care provider
to treat any underlying conditions or health problems that are causing the