Core Decorum

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UD students,

Have you thought about your sleep decorum lately? With more and more students falling asleep in the Cap Bar, the library and other places around the Bubble, there seems to be a need to catch extra zzz’s during these final two months of the school year. But slumber is so important for college students! As Cervantes wrote in Don Quixote:

Now, blessings light on him that first invented sleep!  It covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; it is meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot.  It is the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap, and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise man, even.

Reflecting on this writer’s sentiments and the archaic definition of decorum, or particular “requirements of polite society,” consider these sleeping tips and ideas:

Try to get at least six to seven hours of sleep every night. All-nighters in March cannot be worth it.

Do not keep awake till late hours in the night. It’s just not worth it. You’ll either be physically or mentally absent during your 8 a.m. class. Adopt the habit of going to bed early at night and rising early. Your brain will thank you.

Also, you should refrain from keeping awake at night, because you’ll be making up for sleep during the day.

… But, if you need an afternoon siesta, try to snooze during hours that won’t interfere with your nighttime.

•  At nighttime, take care of yourself: Brush your teeth, wash your face, do the basics. College students sometime forget these basics. You should sleep in a clean and tidy state.

Sleep in a place where fresh air is accessible. Do not sleep in closed rooms where there is no opening for letting in fresh air.

If there is homework to be done, either get it done (but avoid Facebook and those great 2 a.m. UD conversations), or, if you feel exhausted, get to sleep. As Steinbeck wrote, “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”

In the late afternoon and evening, avoid caffeinated drinks. Caffeine means stimulants. Caffeine sources include soft drinks, coffee, chocolate, non-herbal teas, some pain relievers and diet drugs.

Caffeine can stay in your system up to 14 hours. It increases the number of nighttime awakenings and decreases total sleep time.

Try to exercise 20 to 30 minutes a day. But not right before bedtime. For maximum benefit, exercise at least three hours before going to bed, especially if you are the type of person who becomes more alert with exercise.

If you have roommates, don’t forget to have the needed respect for their sleep. If another is trying to sleep, you have a social obligation to stay quiet. It means turning down (or off) the television and music. It means not running around the house, but walking softly.

It means not walking in on a sleeping person suddenly and turning on the light. If it’s late at night or early in the morning, keep the lights off. Some people have trouble sleeping with the lights on. So, please do not disturb.

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