I haven't been able to sleep since I got back....

Maddie: I had such a good time at home. I forgot how much I love my bed. And our cozy house. The dogs, of course. I've been a little sad since I got back and I think that's why I can't sleep.

Mom: Maddie, I'm so sorry to hear that you're sad and not sleeping well. I have a feeling you're not alone. It can be tough to adjust (again) to living at college. But I know you will be back into your routine soon and will feel comfortable there.

Maddie: I know you're right, mom. But right now I'm just so tired and can't figure out what to do. I tried going to bed earlier, but my mind kept going and I think I tossed and turned for hours.

Mom: Do you want some suggestions, Maddie?

Maddie: Sure, mom, as long as they're not too weird.

Mom: Okay, I will try to be normal. Here you go:

1) Stop using your computer and iPhone at least an hour before you get in bed because the blue light makes your body think it's daytime;

2) Don't drink coffee or eat any chocolate after 4 pm;

3) Don't take naps during the day so you will be more tired at night;

4) Do some kind of exercise during the day... even just walking is good;

5) Use a gratitude journal when you're in bed, write 3 positive things that happened that day;

6) Do some slow deep breathing through your abdomen (5/2/5/2), while lying in bed after you turn out the lights.

Maddie: Do you really think that will work?"

Mom: Maddie, I can't promise, but the combination of all those steps should really help you. They will put your mind in a relaxed state. If you need something more, you can buy some melatonin or magnesium at a drug store. Both are supplements that help the body relax and should make you fall asleep faster.

Maddie: I don't know what I'd do without you, mom. I love you.

Mom: Love you


College students routinely struggle with getting enough sleep. Some have a problem falling asleep, others wake up during the night and can't get back to sleep. In each case, the result is feeling tired in the morning and having a hard time focusing on their classes, their homework and their non-academic commitments. Over time, lack of adequate sleep will affect their health as well.

One part of my Crush College Stress programs is helping students create a good sleep routine, because lack of sleep will prevent them from functioning well. Being tired also tends to make students less able to handle the normal stresses of college.

If you are concerned that your child isn’t handling college as well as they could, please reach out to me. I want to help get them back on track. Schedule a free Stress-Less Strategy Call with me at:

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