It can be hard getting enough sleep when you stay on campus, be it at Boston College or UCLA. Kids can be very rude and loud, especially when you’re staying in a dorm. There are rules on campus about noise, parties and curfews, but these aren’t always adhered to. People may talk or laugh a bit too loud at all hours of the night, making it difficult to fall asleep. This is especially so if it’s your own roommate. There’s no way to shut them out, so it’s up to you to do something about it.
Talk to Your Roommate
There are many ways a roommate can disturb your rest, which is why there needs to be a discussion that outlines what the both of you can do to ensure everyone gets a good night’s rest each day. For one, no late night visitors and phone calls. And if someone is going to watch Netflix until the 3 a.m., then a pair of headphones should be worn. If your roommate snores pretty loud, let them know so they can try and do something about it.
Create a Comfortable Setting
It will be weird sleeping in your small dorm on a twin mattress next to a stranger. Although the space is limited, there are ways you can make it into a more comfortable setting. If you sleep near the door and are oftentimes disturbed by the noise in the hall, then consider hanging a curtain that can block out the light and sound. You can also buy a fan to help drown out the noise and lull you to sleep. Some people find air blowing on them to be comforting as well. If really needed, you can ask to switch dorm rooms.
Set Personal Boundaries
You need to set boundaries for yourself, just as much as you should for your roommate. When you move into your dorm, you’re witnessing freedom for the first time. This means you’ll have to learn a good deal of self-control. What type of boundaries do you need to set for yourself? How about:
- Not going to bed too late each night.
- Not studying until the wee hours of the morning.
- Hanging out with friends at a decent hour on week days.
- Not drinking too much, especially the night before classes.
This is your time to learn how to be a responsible adult, so it’s best to start forging good habits now. And that starts with ensuring you’re getting plenty of rest, so you can continue functioning in class.
Take Naps Regularly
Feeling a little tired after classes? Take a quick cat nap that’s between 10 and 30 minutes. These power naps can be very helpful in re-energizing you for a second round of hitting the books. You don’t want to nap too long or you’ll end up feeling groggy when you wake up.