The Center for Access and Success (CAS), oversees the University’s compliance with the legal mandates expressed in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 for students with documented disabilities.
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Trouble falling asleep? Trouble staying asleep? Sleeping too much during the day? Consider changing your sleeping habits by trying the following suggestions.
What is sleep hygiene?! Most people have never heard of it, and certainly aren’t practicing it. Sleep hygiene is made up of a number of different things to help promote healthy sleeping habits.
Before you give up on getting a full night sleep try to implement some of these tips!!
Caffeine and nicotine are both stimulants and major contributors to sleep problems. How much caffeine are you drinking each day? Try to limit your caffeine to 1-2 cups of coffee per day. Also, drinking caffeine past 4pm can have negative effects on your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Alcohol has a negative impact on the bodies sleeping patterns. Alcohol can help induce sleep, but during the second half of the night your body wakes naturally while trying to metabolize the alcohol.
Try to avoid napping during the day. Yes, you will be tired and temped to take a quick nap. Napping during the day ends up impacting your sleeping patterns at night. You won’t fall asleep until later, and will likely end up getting less sleep at night.
Establish a regular routine. Try to go to sleep and wake up around the same time each day. (And try to get 7-8 hours each night!) By doing this, your body (and internal clock) gets into a more natural routine and you will find yourself less drowsy in the morning.
Establish a healthy nighttime routine before bed. This can include reading, brushing your teeth, listening to soothing music, etc. However, avoid showering right before bed because it often leaves your body feeling more aroused-meaning it will take longer to fall asleep.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet can promote quality sleep.
Make sure your bedroom is comfortable and free of distractions. Adjust the room temperature as needed so you’re not too hot or too cold. Make sure the room is not too bright. Shut off the tv!! If you tend to stare at the clock to count how many hours you’re going to get… try moving it out of your view.
Your bedroom should be an environment that you naturally associate with sleep. Try to avoid doing things like homework or watching tv from bed. By limiting your bed to sleeping, your body forms a natural association between the bed and sleep.
What is a Graduate Assistant and why should you make an appointment with one?
A graduate assistant is a current graduate student who is working as a mentor in the Center for Access and Success. The job of our graduate assistants is to help current students who are receiving accommodations from the Center for Access and Success to improve their skill set, maximize academic success, and minimize stress related to managing your course load. Organizational skills, time management skills, reducing test taking anxiety, improving note taking skills, advocacy and assertiveness training, and stress management are just a few things our graduate assistants can help you with. Call us or drop by to make an appointment!