House sharing can prove one of the most fun and friendship building experiences when leaving home for the first time. It can also be reassuring to have at hand others in the same boat (or house) and know there is someone to ask for help or get support should you need it.
On the flip side, house sharing can quickly turn from a great time into an absolute nightmare when it comes to night fall. So, here at Sleepy People we’ve compiled a lo-down of tips and tricks to banish the night terrors when living in a shared house, whether the terrors turn out to be noisy housemates or simply the product of home sickness.
Expert Advice From A Leader In Student Housing
We wanted to offer not only our own tips for getting a great night’s sleep in a shared house but also those of others and called on Jo from Bellvue Students, one of the leading student housing providers in five UK cities, to get her expert insight!
Jo, an expert in student housing with a wealth of experience helping students to find accommodation and that all important home from home whilst studying, has also seen as such all of the major issues students can face. Hence, her advice is to live, when possible, with friends rather than moving in with strangers. Whilst living with strangers can result in creating new friendships in some cases, in others it can result in spending a year or more stuck in a house with people whose sleeping habits are worlds apart from your own, and at worst who refuse to negotiate or compromise.
Put a Plug In It!
Parents, relatives and friends are often quick to help out with shopping for necessities such as bedding, kitchen items and keepsakes to ward off home sickness. A sensible item to add to that list of ‘must haves’ for moving into student digs or halls is a set of ear plugs.
Inexpensive and easily replaceable, keeping a set of ear plugs at hand can prove invaluable when your housemates want to party late and you don’t want to join them, or potentially create tension by suggesting they too turn off the music and hit the hay.
Speaking of music though, for those more likely to pop the ear phones in than ear plugs and rely on drowning out any noise with their own music, a more comfortable and brilliantly wire (and so tangle) free way to do exactly that is to instead add to your list of things to take to university with you, a Sound Asleep Pillow. Simply dock your phone or ipod and plug in your pillow instead of your ear phones. A speaker pillow makes a great buy ahead of moving into shared accommodation, and a great gift for anyone heading off to university!
Kick the Coffee, Cocktails, Candy…and Cat Naps
It is a standing joke that students tend to survive on caffeine, alcohol and sugar. Unfortunately, it can also prove a reality, and one of the consequences of this lifestyle is insomnia. Consequently, it isn’t unheard of to find students with their heads down in lectures or catching up on lost kip during free periods.
So, instead of blaming your housemates for your lack of sleep or taking your morning blues out on your roomies, first try kicking caffeine in the evenings, cutting down on the booze , taking control of your sugar intake and abstaining from the urge to take a cat nap in the afternoon.
Not only do caffeine, alcohol and sugar stimulate the brain and body, alcohol is a depressant and coupled with spikes in blood sugar levels cause depression, a condition commonly experienced by students living away from family for the first time.
Angry at Noisy Housemates? Jog On!
House sharing can mean making friends for forever, or enemies for life. Living with friends or even strangers successfully is all about communication and compromise. Hence, even in the most harmonious of shared homes, tensions can rise at times.
Then, one way to both burn off frustration and too improve your chances of sleeping off lingering annoyance is to get out of the house and into sports or exercise. As well as providing a positive place to go work off any tension you may be feeling (instead of ending up in the pub!), exercise in itself promotes good sleep and overall health.
What is more, many universities have, on campus in most cases, their own gym facilities and offer their students and alumni deals to make keeping fit possible – even on a student budget. To find out if your university or the university you’re heading to has gym facilities or runs any deals with local gyms, give your student union a call, or drop in.