With the stress of classes, work and poor eating habits, it can be hard for students to get a good night’s rest.
Nonetheless, some students said there are remedies to help improve someone’s sleep cycle.
Spencer Plate, a junior studying accounting, said he talks with his wife about ways they can best use their time before going to sleep.
“As childish as it sounds, bedtime is still important. I try to avoid doing something that is time consuming before going to bed,” Plate said.
According to The University Health Center in Georgia, recent research on college students and sleep shows that an insufficient amount of sleep impacts health, mood, GPA and safety.
In 2009, Americans averaged about six hours and 40 minutes of sleep according to a National Sleep Foundations poll.
Michael Breus, Ph.D. and author of Beauty Sleep, said sleep deprivation can affect people’s eating habits.
“When you’re sleep deprived, your body produces more ghrelin, a hormone that tells you to eat more, and less leptin, which signals you to stop eating,” Breus said.
According to an article in Fitness Magazine called, “Sleep Well: What to Eat for Better Sleep,” eating certain healthy foods can calm your nervous system and trigger a sleep-inducing hormonal response.
Eating bananas, a bowl of cereal or cheese and crackers before bed are some examples of foods that can calm the nervous system, according to the same article. Bananas have high levels of magnesium and other minerals that act as muscle relaxants, which can help people fall asleep faster.
Samantha Gile, a senior studying exercise physiology, said she has some simple remedies to help her sleep.
“Sometimes I like to drink a c of chamomile tea with some lemon and listen to LDS hymns on Pandora as I get ready for bed because it really helps me calm down,” Giles said.
The article also said to avoid high protein foods because they tend to give more energy, and also avoid fatty or spicy foods.
According to the International Journal of Psychophysiology, those who ingested tabasco sauce and mustard with their dinner had elevated body temperatures that caused sleep disrtion and more time spent awake during the night.
Sam Sugar, M.D. and Director of Sleep Services at the Pritkin Center in Florida, said that bright screens or cell phones disrt the process leading to sleep.
Sugar said powering off electronics before going to bed is another way to improve someone’s sleep cycle.
“When the brain’s necessary symphony of commands and bio signals are disrted by light-emitting screens or cell phone LCDs, it smothers the production of melatonin and can lead to much more than morning fatigue,” Sugar said.