Back to School Tips for College Students

Washington Regional - "My first piece of advice is to make sure that you have healthy options to choose from."  Kristin Markell M.D. is with HerHealth Women's Clinic and she says that stocking your fridge in the dorm or apartment with more healthy options  is just one way students can make life easier and healthy as they head back to college.

" Making those available is going to be easier than running to the gas station to grab something to eat or drink."

She has other advice for students who think are thinking of pulling an all-nighter for studying.

"For most people we recommend 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Now that's not going to happen every night and there are some nights that you may have to study longer or you are up more with social events but trying to get 7 to 9 hours is helpful not just for the next day, but for your whole week.   It's going to help you concentrate better in class, and it's going to be better for your metabolism, less cravings for poor choices for food. So really trying to stick to a  sleep schedule is gonna be helpful in the long run."

"You know caffeine is definitely a way to give you a little burst of energy and help you focus a bit, but you also want to think about what time you're doing that during the day. If you're having caffeinated drinks late at night then that's definitely going to throw off your sleep schedule and while you still may sleep you might not be as rested the next day and that could affect your concentration for that test that you are trying to do well on. "

"So trying to keep your caffeine earlier in the day , and then maybe  later on in the day using things to increase energy in other ways like drinking a lot of water or getting outside and moving around a bit, may actually give you a little burst of energy just like caffeine would but not hurt your sleep in the long run. "

 

 


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