By: Michele Correnti, Campus Recreation Services Marketing Intern and NESTA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
Tiredness is one of the most common complaints among college students. And it is understandably so. How can we not be tired juggling classes, studying, attending club meetings, staying active and on top of all of that, having a social life?
Did I forget to mention that at some point we are expected to get an average of seven to eight hours of sleep?
Even on the days that we get ample amounts of sleep, it seems like our bodies never catch up to us. If you need a solution to being perpetually tired, here are four easy ways to combat constant exhaustion:
- Stay hydrated. Our bodies are essentially made of water, so dehydration makes our internal systems work extra hard and causes fatigue. The easiest way to help your body wake up is to drink water throughout the day. As an added bonus, staying hydrated also boosts your immune system to keep you healthier! Try carrying a reusable water bottle with you around campus and challenge yourself to refill it at twice once by the end of day. There are lots of bottle filling stations around campus to make it easy. View the map of campus locations >>
- Power down. In this day and age, we are constantly connected to our technology. Most of us would agree that leaving our phones behind for just an hour causes some serious separation anxiety. But all this technology is causing over stimulation to our brains. As difficult as it may be, try putting your phone away or turning off the TV for at least an hour before you plan on going to sleep. Studies show that this can help you sleep more soundly at night.
- Consume less caffeine. Coming from someone who used to drink two to three cups of coffee a day, I am living proof that this works. Caffeine causes your body to temporarily wake up and then eventually crash. On top of that, the more caffeine products you consume on a regular basis, the less effective they can be at waking you up when you really need it. If you find yourself crashing by mid-afternoon, try keeping your caffeine to a minimum and not consuming any after the morning.
- Get active! I know what you are thinking, “Why in the world would going to the gym make me less tired?”. Let me explain. Science has shown that exercise, although tiresome at the time, actually activates your brain. By elevating your heart rate, parts of your brain that lay dormant when you sit still begin to light up. Not too mention, it helps you sleep better at night! Next time you are feeling drowsy, try taking a brisk walk or jog around the mall or a quick trip to the gym. Even something as simple as jumping jacks will help.
If you find yourself struggling to stay alert during the day, try out one or all of these tips. You will never know what works best for you until you give it a chance!