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Aim for 7-9 Hours!

Sleep is a critical factor in UT students’ academic success and well-being, and for many students it is in short supply. Students have strenuous schedules, with academic requirements, social and personal needs, sports, clubs, Greek organizations, employment, and planned activities all competing for their time. With so many activities and too few hours, sleep often comes up on the short end with time allotment. This can result in sleep deprivation and some students depending on caffeine and other stimulants to stay awake.

Tips for Better Sleep

The National Sleep Foundation recommends these habits to make sure you get a good night’s rest:

  1. Establish and stick to the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends! The body loves patterns and consistency. When you have a regular sleep schedule it’s easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  2. Create a relaxing bedtime ritual that prepares you for sleep. Find a few ideas at
  3. Change your environment so that it helps you sleep. Keep your room a cool temperature. Make sure your bed and pillows are comfortable. Eliminate distractions such as phones or tablets, light, and noise. Blackout curtains and eye masks can keep out the light, and ear plugs and fans can help cancel out noise.
  4. Avoid heavy or spicy meals, caffeine, alcohol, or cigarettes before bedtime.
  5. Avoid naps if they are interfering with your ability to fall asleep at night.

Sleep Resources