Students – How To Get A Good Nights Sleep

Create A sleep-Friendly Environment

It may be difficult to create the perfect sleep environment in halls of residence. A sleep-friendly environment is dark, cool, quiet and, comfortable. Hang dark curtains, have super soft pillows and, try using an eye mask and earplugs.

White noise apps also work well in encouraging sleep.

Have A Bedtime Routine

Try and have at least half an hour of relaxing time away from studying and screens. If you can create a relaxing bedtime routine, it will help you separate sleep time from your daily activities.

Have A Regular Wake And Sleep Time

We know this may be particularly hard to maintain at weekends especially when there are no lectures to get to or when you are nursing an epic hangover.

Try and keep your wake and sleep time in a schedule and don’t go over the 2-hour mark for a lie in.

Only Use Your Bed For Sleep And Sex

Easier said than done when living in a student apartment with limited furniture but most rooms will have a desk space as standard in your room.

Watch TV in the communal lounge where possible and always study at your desk.

Don’t Eat Just Before Bed

Eating or drinking just before you lie down in bed may cause indigestion, heartburn or just generally make you feel really uncomfortable. If you do need to eat something, avoid any heavy meals and drink water.

Avoid Caffeine Before Bed

Caffeine is a stimulant, keeping you alert and awake. Not what you need when you hit the hay.
Even if you think caffeine doesn’t affect you, it will hinder your quality of sleep.

Limit your caffeine intake and stop having it 3-5hours before your planned bedtime.

Limit Those Power Naps

If you feel like you simply can’t make it through your day without having an afternoon power nap, set an alarm. Don’t make the mistake of having a ‘quick nap’ only to wake up 4-5 hours later and not be able to sleep in the evening.

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