How You Will Actually Get More Sleep in College

College: when classes become more difficult and you expect to be pulling all-nighters studying at the library.

Looking back, high school consisted of extremely long days: waking up at 6am, 8 hours of school, after school sports or late evening activities, hours of homework, and finally getting to bed around 12am. So far my experience in college has been the total opposite. 

During my freshman year, my roommate and I both ranged 9-10 hours of sleep a night. How the heck did we do it?

Tips to get more sleep:

  1. Secure those lovely 11am lectures. If you go to bed promptly at 11pm-12am, you can basically get 11 hours of sleep if you want to. Sometimes I didn’t even need to wake up to an alarm because I had basically slept in. Or you can get a solid 8-9 hours of sleep and use the extra time in the morning to work out, get some coffee, or study!
  2. Study during the day. Whether it’s in the Business School, or Memorial Library, or Union South, force yourself to stay someplace close by where your classes are. Grab some food and do class work; make a routine out of it. This will save you time later in the evening to do other fun things with your time – that way you won’t be up super late studying!
  3. No nap between classes. Sure, taking a nap in between classes sounds amazing after a long and boring lecture. But by using the time to get stuff done instead, you can spend your extra free time later by watching a show or hanging out with friends.

In college, no one is telling you what to do with your time. No, you don’t have to go to a 3-hour practice. No, you don’t have to attend an 8-hour long school day. And absolutely no, do you have to get up at 6am. You can finally make up for all the sleep lost in high school!

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