Turn Off the Lights


You’re not sure when you’ll have time to sleep. What, with all the parties and cramming for exams, you’re sure to learn to love coffee.


And sleeping…just one more thing to worry about. Even though you tried to back off senior year, you saw the lights on in your child’s room until all hours. How will they ever get the sleep they need in a dorm room?

Help your student learn why sleep is important, as well as symptoms of sleep deprivation.


  1. Exercise at least four hours before bedtime.
  2. Avoid sweets and carbohydrates late at night.
  3. Lay off the caffeine at least six hours before you want to go to sleep. (Some people are very sensitive to caffeine.)
  4. Meditate and calm your mind just before sleep.
  5. Keep a journal, which will give a place to keep the thoughts that want to swirl around.
  6. Create a to-do list before bed, so you’re not laying there thinking about tomorrow’s schedule.
  7. Create a routine before bedtime, so your body gets the signals it’s time for rest.
  8. Take a warm shower; you will be relaxed and clean.
  9. Listen to a guided meditation. Make sure to turn off when done.
  10. Keep the room as dark as possible; this can sometimes be hard in a dorm room, so use an eye mask.
  11. Avoid computer screens for a couple of hours before sleep, as the light suppresses the natural hormone melatonin, which makes you sleepy.

Knowledge is power, and the best way to ensure your teen’s success when they leave for college is to empower them with information. However, it must be information that they can relate to. Don’t bog them down with dull pages of boring text. The Dorm Doctor is full of useful information, but adds graphics, humorous cartoons, and easy-to-read formatting to fully engage the student. The Dorm Doctor, co-authored by Dr. Carolyn George and Meeka Anne (both who have children in college) is a must-have for all college bound students.

Click here to get your copy of The Dorm Doctor.