(COLUMBUS, Ohio) - Nearly 70 percent of college students are sleep deprived. So for students transitioning from high school to college, adjusting to the new academic responsibilities, social activities - and lack of structured sleep routine from high school - can be tough.
College dorm rooms can be hot, noisy and uncomfortable -- all of which robs students of sleep and can cost them in the classroom. Lack of sleep has a wide range of effects and makes students more vulnerable to everything from infections to diabetes - even high blood pressure.
For a crash course on getting a good night's sleep, Aneesa Das, MD sleep specialist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, offers tips to get the best shut-eye:
Room should be cool, dark and quiet
When you wake up in the morning try to get the room as bright as possible
Turn off screens 30 mins before bed (blue light from screens hinders ability to fall asleep)
Never fall asleep with TV or computer on
Too loud? Keep earplugs nearby
Can't sleep? Take a shower! (but NOT a cold one)
"Take a warm shower 2 two hours before bedtime so that as the body naturally cools down it induces sleep."
Avoid all-nighters at all cost -- once you lose sleep, you never get it back!