Your academic performance, coping skills, mood and physical health all rely on your sleep patterns. Students life is busy and while you’re working to balance assignments, personal relationships and other competing interests it’s important to prioritize sleep. While the Canadian Sleep Society recommends that every person must determine his or her own nightly sleep need, the average adult sleeps six to eight hours per day.

As a student, insufficient sleep – for one night or regularly – can have a number of negative impacts which may effect your performance. This includes impaired attention and memory, negative moods and more. Additionally, long-term consequences of insufficient sleep can including weight gain, diabetes and heart disease.

4 Tips for Positive Sleep Habits

There is no substitute for a good nights sleep. More than half of adults in Ottawa report getting seven or more hours of sleep per night. This full night of sleep is important to self-care, helping you be at your best. Below are 4 tips to help you ensure you’re getting the best nights sleep possible:

  • Prioritize sleep! Making time for a good nights sleep has significant impact on your mental and physical health as well as your academic performance.
  • Avoid using alcohol or other substances to help you fall asleep.
  • Have a routine. Whether you practice mindfulness or yoga, leave the screen behind or make a to-do list before bed. Having a clear mind will help you reflex and fall asleep.
  • Avoid long naps. While naps may help you feel rested, especially if you are a shift-worker, napping can disrupt your overnight sleep patterns.


A recent study by the American Sleep Association has found that while an app can help you make sleep goals or manage your habits very few apps employ methods that can help you improve your overall sleep.

Monday, October 5, 2020 in
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