As college girls, we know how crucial sleep can be. It makes a different in almost every aspect of our lives, not to mention our overall health and well being. But sleep can be hard to come by in college, particularly if you’re sharing a room. Read on for a few fail-proof ways to make sure your beauty sleep counts.

Don’t nap too late

Napping is a fine art in college. But it can also make or break your regular sleeping period. The later you nap, the harder it will be to fall back asleep for good when you’re ready to call it a day.

A power nap is the key here – anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, or an hour and a half if you have enough time, at the peak hour of the day will give you enough energy to get through the rest of your day without crashing. Taking longer naps might hinder your ability to fall asleep, and since you’ll be less tired and staying up later you may end up paying for it in the morning.

Don’t go to bed angry

The old saying still holds true today, and not just when it comes to relationships. Having worries on your mind will give you a less restful sleep, so sorting out problems, even if it’s just within yourself, as much as possible before you turn off the lights will set you up for a better night’s sleep.

A college girl’s best friend: earplugs

I really can’t say enough good things about earplugs. Noise cancellation is the key to a more restful sleep, and allows you to wake up precisely when you want to, not when your roommate has her first class of the day.

Regardless of what your potential concerns may be about earplugs, I can assure you that your body will adapt. You won’t sleep through your alarm, they’re not quite that efficient in noise blockage. They are sold in all different shapes and sizes so you don’t have to suffer discomfort. Give your body a little time to get used to it – I was a skeptic at first, but now I can hardly sleep without them.

Meditate before bed

This is sleep’s best kept secret. Meditating before bed really allows you to find closure on the day, eliminating your inclination to lie awake and think about the next day, or about what you encountered that day. Giving yourself time to sort through everything in a calm, peaceful, and direct way allows you to focus on what you really need to be focusing on when your head hits the pillow: falling into a great slumber.

What do you think?

What is your recipe for a great sleep? Are you a nap person? Share your tips and tricks in the comments section below.

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