Staying healthy in college

HealthyLivingStaying well-rested and healthy as a college student can sometimes present a challenge. Talking with just a handful of your classmates, it can often seem the norm to have sleepless nights and fast-food meals.

A recent article in USA Today said that many students simply accept exhaustion as a way of life. The source cited a recent student health sleep study which revealed that only 11 percent of college students in the United States report sleeping well. Four in 10 students reported that they feel well-rested for only two days of their average week.

While difficult classes that require extra study time could be partially to blame, some students believe it is involvement in extracurricular activities is a main culprit of sleep deprivation.

“If all I ever did with my life was study and complete homework I’d probably get several more hours of sleep a night, but I’m involved with several organizations on campus that eat up my time,” said college student Keith Edwards to USA Today.

Tips for a healthy lifestyle

While this type of behavior may seem like the norm to you as well, it is important to realize the importance of staying well-rested, fit and healthy. In another recent article from USA Today, ten tips were given for college students to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“What’s one of the most essential elements of college life that most students are deprived of?! Sleep,” author Caroline Weeks said. “When the crazy fraternity across the street is booming ‘Sexy and I Know It’ on its stereo or the needy girlfriend can be heard through paper thin walls next door, deep and uninterrupted sleep can be hard to come by.”

Help yourself get the zzz’s you need (and deserve!) by picking up a sleep mask. You can also find sleep ear plugs and music that is especially helpful for aiding sleep. These objects may all come in handy when trying to drown out the noise of campus life.

To counter the negative effects of fast-food joints that typically pepper college campuses, pick up a lunchbox and some tupperware to bring fresh fruit and veggies with you on the go. A great way to keep that metabolism up and running is by eating small meals and snacks throughout your day. Multivitamins are also important for filling in any gaps that the dining hall menu may leave in a well-balanced diet.

Other great things to carry with you on campus include hand sanitizer to stop the spread of germs, SPF moisturizer to protect your skin for those long walks to and from class and a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated.