Whilst your time at university can be incredibly enjoyable and rewarding, it is not without its stresses. Juggling lectures, seminars, and essay writing, with cooking, cleaning, and budgeting, as well as finding time to socialise, can really start to take its toll on students. Stress can manifest itself in any number of different ways; chest pains, headaches, fatigue, digestive problems, overeating, dizziness, alcohol and drug abuse, among many other signs and symptoms.
Another common sign of stress amongst students is also insomnia. Problems with sleep can further exasperate the symptoms of stress, leading to a vicious circle. During periods of high stress it's important to rest, relax, eat properly, and get enough sleep. Suffering with insomnia can therefore lead to your stress being prolonged and worsened, so it's vital that you recognise the signs and work towards improving your situation.
If any of the following sounds like you then you may be suffering with insomnia:
Everyone needs a different amount of sleep, so there are no official guidelines on how much you should be getting. However, the average adult typically requires between seven and nine hours sleep per night, although some may require less, while some may require more. Rather than focusing on how many hours sleep you should be getting each night, it's more important to focus on getting good quality, restful sleep.
It may not always be entirely clear what has caused your insomnia, but the following things are often cited as playing a part:
If you feel that your insomnia has been caused by one of the underlying factors listed above, dealing with that factor can be a good place to start. For example, if stress or depression is to blame you can see your doctor for a referral to a counsellor; if your insomnia is caused by environmental factors you could try a new duvet or some blackout curtains.
Whether you're unsure what has caused your insomnia, or are looking for a holistic approach to resetting your circadian rhythm and getting your sleeping pattern back to your individual version of normal, here are a few things you can try: