Did you get enough sleep last night? Turns out most of us don’t.
In their book, Sleep for Success: Everything You Must Know About Sleep but Are Too Tired to Ask, authors Dr. James B. Maas and Rebecca S. Robbins report that most Americans are sleep-deprived, getting only about 6 hours sleep each night. Maas and Robbins report that college students are among “the most pathologically sleep-deprived segment of the population.” Since University Loft manufactures dorm room furniture, including loft-style dorm beds, we have a vested interest in students getting a good night’s sleep. Here’s how we make it easier, and how students can make it easier on themselves:
- University Loft dorm room beds are designed for flexibility, so students can configure their bed height and arrangement within the dorm room specifically to their liking. Feeling at home can help you sleep better, right?
- University Loft’s configurable university housing furniture makes it easier to tune out distractions. By elevating beds and placing desks and other dorm room furniture beneath or away from sleeping areas, distractions can be less, well, distracting.
- University Loft dorm room furniture is made from solid wood and built for stability and durability. No night time worries about the bed crashing down under normal use. In fact, our bed structures can withstand up to 8,000 lbs. of loaded weight with no signs of stress.
But University Loft can only do so much to make the university housing environment conducive to sleep. Students have to take initiative, too. It is commonly understood that students – and other adults – can sleep longer and more restfully if they:
- Get up and go to bed at the same times whenever possible
- Exercise regularly (but not too close to bedtime)
- Make healthy food and drink choices throughout the day
- Avoid or limit nicotine, caffeine and alcohol intake, especially in the hours before bedtime
- Do something relaxing each night before going to bed (and no, that doesn’t mean playing video games or using other electronic equipment as these can stimulate the brain and make it harder to get to sleep
- Manage stress: Get organized, take breaks when you need them (and don’t wait till the last minute to cram for that mid-term exam)
At University Loft, we do our part to help students rest easier and perform better. What helps you sleep better at night?
The ULoft Blog Team
About University Loft Company and our solid wood modular residence life furniture:
Since 1984, when James Jannetides built a loft configuration for his own dorm room at Southern Illinois University, hundreds of thousands of college students have enjoyed better campus living thanks to University Loft furniture. Today, University Loft serves more than 1,200 colleges, universities and related student housing partners. As Jannetides’ says: “We are always learning, always innovating, and always improving … our environment, our products, and our service. We are University Loft Company.”