As a parent, I have always stressed the importance of sleep. My children had a firm bedtime of 7 pm through early elementary. Even now, we’re a family of lights out by nine.
Life seems to be pedal to the medal. I can’t keep up. My kiddos seem to have grown up in the blink of an eye.
Kyra graduated, with honors, from Sacramento State last May. We are incredibly proud of her and her commitment to continue her education. She moved out on her own over the holidays.
As a parent, it’s impossible to monitor your child 24/7. We instill in them the basics and hope they take heed.
It’s common knowledge that college students lead very busy and stressful lives. Kyra joined a sorority, worked, and attended college full-time. Somehow, she also managed to enjoy a social life.
Sometimes the payment was sleep deprivation, which can affect important aspects of the mind and body such as energy, mood, ability to learn, memory, reaction time, and good judgment.
There were plenty of nights where staying up until 4 a.m. to finish a project, getting a few hours’ sleep, and then heading to a 9 a.m. class was her norm at college.
She wasn’t alone. College students represent one of the most sleep-deprived segments of our population. Coursework, extracurricular activities, and newfound independence all conspire to rob students of sleep.
A 2001 study found that only 11 percent of college students slept well consistently, while 73 percent experienced at least occasional sleep issues.*
A 2007 survey by the American College Health Association found that 40 percent of students felt well rested no more than two days per week.
Not enough sleep can make you sick, leading to more colds, flu, coughs, and sniffles.
While missing sleep is inevitably what will happen, we have learned that an excellent mattress can make a difference in the quality of sleep.
Kyra has been resting well on her Saatva Mattress. This premium mattress offers high-quality manufacturing, pillow top, organic cover, and the advantages of both innerspring and memory foam.
It’s as close as you can get to a time machine. No more tossing. No more turning. It’s like buying-back your sleep deficient for a more rested, youthful you!
Saatva Mattress makes their mattresses green by ensuring that their outer cover is made with organic cotton, the inner springs are constructed from recycled steel rods, and the foam top is made from bio-based foam.
Just like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Saatva Mattress is available in three firmness levels with a pillow top over coil-on-coil support. There is an initial 2-week break-in period. Try it and if for any reason, you’re not happy, the mattress can be returned for 120 days for a full refund.
The mattress has a luxurious thickness of 11.5-inches 14.5-inches.
Part of the draw to the Saatva mattress is the organic cotton circular knit top panel. Inside is a Euro pillow top that sets the bar high for other pillow tops with more padding and cushioning.
This hybrid mattress offers a high degree of contouring support for any body type while reducing motion transfer.
Another great feature is the Saatva steel coil base support system. The tempered steel helps ensure the mattress lasts, and it’s designed to prevent problems that happen over time, like sagging.
Saatva is not a box mattress. Although Saatva sells only online, their delivery is different as delivery is similar to that of a traditional, brick and mortar retailer. You don’t have to handle the mattress and removal of your old mattress is an option at no cost. All of this means reducing their carbon footprint significantly and saves paper which leads to savings of cutting out the middleman.
Don’t take my word for it, Forbes magazine named Saatva among the top 100 promising companies in the United States.
The importance of making time for sleep is not only for college students, but everyone. This doesn’t mean finding the time to sleep is always easy. For many people—even those who recognize the importance of sleep—balancing work, school, family, social activities, and personal time can be challenging, and sleep is often what we sacrifice.
Establishing healthy sleep habits now will do wonders for your long-term health.
10 Tips to Help You Get the Best Night’s Sleep
- Avoid caffeine at night, and limit it during the day.
- Skip alcohol before bed.
- Create a sleep schedule, and stick to it.
- Don’t sleep in on weekends or days when you have late class; wake up close to the same time every day.
- Put books and homework away at least 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime.
- Don’t study or work on your computer in bed.
- Exercise earlier in the day, never just before bed.
- Turn the TV off; don’t watch TV in bed.
- Choose a mattress, like Saatva
- Turn out the lights when it’s time to go to bed; a bright room will keep you awake.
*Buboltz WC, et al. Sleep Habits and Patterns of College Students. Journal of American College Health. 2001. 50: 131–135.