Perfect your sleeping environment: it should be dark, cool and quiet. And don't underestimate the importance of your mattress and pillow, which should ensure a proper head, neck and shoulder alignment. A fitful eight hours of sleep on a poor mattress is NOT the same as a restful eight on a quality one.
Don't forget to turn off all notifications (especially social media, emails, and text messages) on your device, and place it facedown so you're not exposed to the blue light, which has been shown to disrupt sleep, Colon warns. Use your device's sleep timer so that the music goes off long after you've arrived in slumberland.
Sleep is a necessity (and a luxury) for all of us, especially while in college. There's nothing wrong with needing reminders here and there to keep you on the right track, so figure out what works best for you and keep up with it. If nothing else, get your friends in on the movement with us and help others refuse the snooze.
Kat Duff is the award-winning author of The Alchemy of Illness and The Secret Life of Sleep, which both set out to illuminate experiences often dismissed as private and off limits. In answer to my questions, she shared her insights on sleep in ancient cultures, changing attitudes toward sleep over time, and how (and especially how not) to wake someone up.