Sleep: every college student’s best friend.  Although this activity is envied by most college students, it rarely comes in good moderation. Getting a full night’s rest is an essential if you are trying to maintain a healthy, productive lifestyle.


Going to bed at a feasible time every night sounds like an easy task, but it can actually be tougher than you think. Constantly trying to meet deadlines, complete  homework assignments, as well as maintaining somewhat of a social life, getting a good night’s sleep is probably the last thing that you prioritize.


You have probably all heard this before, but it is recommended that young adults should get about eight hours of solid sleep every night. You probably also know that this isn’t usually the case, especially in college.  If you are feeling like you are not getting enough sleep, and are looking to change that, you have come to the right place!

Create A Routine

Creating a routine, and following it on a regular basis is an awesome way to get a better night’s sleep. For those of you that have IOS 10, there is an awesome new feature called “bedtime”, which sets an alarm for when you should go to bed according to when you want to wake up to get a full nights rest… does that make sense?  This feature is a great way to make sure that you are hitting the sheets at the same time every day.

Your routine should include all of the things that you normally do before bed each night. My routine usually consists of cleaning my room, packing my backpack for the following morning, washing my face, brushing my teeth, completing some odds and ends, and of course- getting in bed.

Try to mold your nighttime routine into a habit. Start your routine at the same time every day and complete the tasks in the same order every day. This will help your internal clock- if you go to bed at the same time every night, your body will eventually know when it is time to slow down and get some rest.

Prep For A Better Tomorrow

Something I seriously love to do every night is visualize the next day in my mind. This helps me organize my thoughts and figure out exactly what I need to do the following day. I usually create an internal to-do list every night when I am laying in bed.

Along with the to-do list prep comes some small odds and ends that I do every night before bed. Checking the weather for the following day and selecting an outfit to wear has helped me SO much. I am a disaster when it comes to deciding what to wear, so having this picked out ahead of time leads me to less stress and let’s be honest, a much cleaner room.

One of the last things I like to prep before I go to bed is the breakfast that I will be eating the following morning.  Even if it is something as simple as a bowl of oatmeal, leaving out a bowl, utensil, and the ingredients the night before can be very helpful and ease your mind of stress when you are falling asleep!

Take Some Time To De-Stress

Stress is sleep’s worst enemy. Whenever I feel stressed I can barely get any sleep. Following all of the “prepping” steps, I just listed as well as taking some “you” time every night before bed can help to limit stress a TON. Having some tea and leaving myself enough time to read a bit before bed every night helps me fizzle away all of the stress that is constantly floating around in my head.

Get Rid Of Your Phone

This is probably one of the toughest things to do when it comes to trying to get a good night’s sleep. Aside from utilizing your device to set an alarm, you should really shut it off when you are getting ready for bed. Phones are a huge distraction! I know personally, I could sit on Pinterest every night before bed for hours and hours on end. I like to leave my phone on the opposite side of my room at night so that I cannot hit the snooze button in the morning and so that when I am in the process of trying to fall asleep, I am not distracted by it.


What do you do when you are struggling to get a good night’s rest? Let me know in the comments below!

  • This are great ideas for even after college! I need to get rid of my phone at night for sure!

  • mckenna bleu

    These are great tips! It is so hard to get a good sleep in college! Especially when so much cramming is done!

  • So glad I’m reading this right now because I’m about to start getting ready for bed and I really need a good night’s sleep! I’m gonna set out my bowl for oatmeal in the morning, so that’s all ready to go – thanks girl!

  • Adriana

    I love this! Such great tips, it’s so hard to get good sleep in college when your brain literally doesn’t turn off!

  • Getting rid of phones/computers/electronics is HUGE! I’ve had sleep problems my whole life, but cutting technology after 7ish really helps! Great post, lady!

    Diary of a Debutante

  • Great tips! Getting rid of my phone is definitely something I need to start doing to sleep better at night.


  • Michelle Mink

    I love reading at night to help me fall asleep. In college I think I used a sound machine.

  • 30A Street Style

    Such great advice! I always fall right asleep when I finally put my phone down.

  • Kristin Thompson

    This is great advice! Getting a good night’s sleep is so so so important!

    The Blush Blonde

  • I struggled so hard to fall asleep in college- could’ve helped limiting my pre-bed screen time!

  • Amy

    Such great tips! I’ve been having troubles getting an actual good night’s rest lately, will def be using these tips!!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Routine was the name of the game for me in college. I had to make myself stop studying or say no to things if I wanted to make sure I got a good night’s sleep. Such awesome advice!

  • Sami Mast

    I really need to be better at creating a routine for bedtime! It’s difficult because I always end up trying to finish as much stuff as I can right before bed and most nights I get a little carried away! Also have to work on not checking my phone before I turn out the lights!


  • nicole simonetti

    over & over again I read how important it is to put down the phone before bed and I always fall victim to it – definitely something I need to start sticking with! x, nicole ≫