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5 Tips for Staying Healthy While Living in a Dorm


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College students are one of the most sleep-deprived segments of the population.
College students are one of the most sleep-deprived segments of the population.
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Dorm rooms aren't always the best places to get a little shuteye. Between loud roommates, late-night study sessions and countless opportunities to just get out, it can be hard to find time to sleep. According to Harvard Medical School's Division of Sleep Medicine, college students are one of the most sleep-deprived segments of the population. Only 11-percent of college students report that they sleep well consistently [source: Harvard].

But college kids can handle it, right? It doesn't impact their young minds and bodies, right? You know where this is going. Those all-nighters you're pulling in order to get some extra studying in may be doing more harm than good. Studies show that sleeping directly after hearing a lesson is the best way to retain the information you've just heard. So make sure you fall asleep in the classroom directly after listening to a lecture. Well, maybe you shouldn't do that, but do sleep. Not only will you improve your mental capability, but it could keep you healthier as well.

Lack of sleep produces chemicals and hormones that can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Getting regular sleep may not make you healthier by itself, but it will give you more mental alertness and keep your body from developing harmful chemicals that could negatively impact your health in the future.

So if your dorm is a little (or a lot) too loud, try some noise cancelling headphones or earplugs to drown out the sound. If that doesn't work, then get out and find a quiet place where you can get the rest you need. And yes, the basement of the library might be an option.


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