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You may already have a rocky relationship with sleep! Over the next few years, college workloads and new levels of independence can impact on the quality of your sleep.


But there are Smart Moves that can help, such as being organised, and completing work when it is set will mean you have less late nights catching up.  

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A recent study of sixth form students found “longer sleep” is more closely related to academic performance, while “good night sleep” is more closely related to overall cognitive processing. 

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A good night's sleep helps foster both mental and emotional resilience.

Whereas chronic sleep disruptions set the stage for negative thinking, depression, anxiety and emotional vulnerability.

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  • Why is sleep important to you?

  • How much sleep do you think you need?

  • Recall a time when you
    not have a good
    night's sleep?
    How does it make you feel ?


  • What are the top 3 things
    that you think about
    or do that distracts you from sleeping?

  • What helps others you know get to sleep? have you ever asked them?

  • Have you ever tried using mindfulness before bed? There are many apps to choose from. Check out the article below that gives you the top apps. Links to the top 2 below.

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It is easy to loose track of how our sleep is going. Actively recording your sleep can help




Keep a sleep diary for one week and compare with a mate.



Mind have written a great article on  overcoming sleep problems and top Tips to sleep. Check it out below 

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Set yourself sleep goals: 

1. Create a regular bedtime routine 

2. Aim for 8 hours sleep 5 nights a week

3. Set regular times to get up and go to sleep

4. Reduce caffeine and increase exercise

5. Create a calm organised place I want to sleep

6. Digital discipline on college nights

Here are some ideas from Matthew Walker 'Why we Sleep' to make sure you spend enough time with your best friend - sleep

  • Exercise is great but not too late in the day, not later than 2-3 hours before bed.

  • Alcohol robs you of REM (deep) sleep

  • Avoid large meals just before bed.

  • Don't nap after 3pm.


  • ​Take a hot bath before bed

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