Everyone needs to sleep, and students need to sleep well so they can study well. Sometimes students have trouble sleeping when they move to a new country. It is normal at first but you should be able to adjust to normal sleeping after a short time. Some students don’t get enough sleep.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you always need an alarm clock to wake up?
  • Do you always feel sleepy or bored in class?
  • Do you sleep a lot extra on the weekends?
  • Do you often stay up very late?
  • Is is hard for you to get out of bed in the morning?

If you answered yes to some of these questions, maybe you are not getting enough sleep. Here are some suggestions that might help:

  • Don’t drink too much coffee, coke or “energy” drinks in the afternoon or evening, because they contain a lot of caffeine and keep you awake. Caffeine stays in your blood for a long time.
  • Make sure you get enough exercise during the day to help you sleep better.
  • Don’t eat big meals late at night. It is OK to have a snack, but if you eat a lot before bed, it may be difficult to fall asleep.
  • Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
  • Take a warm bath before bed. It will make you feel sleepy.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol. It can really affect your sleeping.

For more information, read Concordia Health Services pamphlet about sleep.

If you have serious problems sleeping, you may consider talking to a doctor.

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