Why aren’t students getting enough sleep?

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If this was any other year, we’d say it was probably down to partying and boozy social events – but this is no ordinary year. As the coronavirus continues to take its toll on the country, pubs, clubs and restaurants have all been closed for lockdown which means students can’t be sleep deprived as a result of wild nights out with course mates…

So, what’s really keeping them up? Here we look at just a few of the reasons why students aren’t getting the recommended 7-9 hours sleep every night:

Anxiety

Being a student is stressful enough without numerous national lockdowns, university closures and periods of isolation. You have to balance your studies with your friendships, relationships, part-time jobs, and finances – and now you have to adapt to online learning and virtual lectures too. 

The truth is, COVID-19 is affecting the metal health of students in various ways and many have been suffering from anxiety. Although it’s normal to feel worried and stressed during these unprecedented times, anxiety can cause sleep problems or exacerbate existing problems.

Discomfort

There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep in your own bed – surrounded by all your home comforts, wouldn’t you agree? 

However, when you go to university, the chances are the bed won’t be as comfy as yours back home. Most mattresses at student accommodation have been used for a number of years and you may find that it’s too hard or lumpy – making it difficult for you to get to sleep. 

It’s important to note that your room at university isn’t just reserved for sleeping either…it’s a place where you will be studying, staying up late finishing assignments, watching Netflix and catching up with friends and family. The last thing you want to do is feel cramped.

Noise

Living with several other students can be great fun, but it can get awfully noisy. For example, you may have a flatmate who insists on having their music blaring or watches the TV at high volume; someone that never fails to make a racket in the shared kitchen, or neighbours that stay up talking into the early hours. But noise can be extremely distracting when it’s time for bed.

For times when your housemates are stopping you from getting your beauty sleep, it’s worth asking them to keep the noise down a little bit. Or maybe come up with a schedule to ensure that everyone living under the same roof can sleep, study and enjoy their own peace and quiet without any disturbances.

If you’re a student experiencing any of the above, then you’re clearly not staying at Orlando Village’s student accommodation in Bolton. They are the only accommodation provider to be approved (and recommended) by the University of Bolton and pride themselves on offering fantastic facilities, in an excellent location, for an affordable price.

All of their rooms come with the basic amenities, including a cosy bed, wardrobe, desk and hand wash basin, as well as a host of other great features which are sure to help you sleep blissfully each night. For more information about their student accommodation in Bolton, call 01204 903 488. 

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