Sophomore year is definitely an exciting time for housing. If you’re lucky, you get to live with a bunch of your friends in the coveted housing on Lower Campus. However, if you, like me, have been put in or near Walsh, you know about the construction. This is a big problem when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. The clanking goes on from morning to night. Luckily, I’ve figured out some ways to deal with the constant cacophony coming from the construction site.
Invest in Earplugs
This was honestly one of the best ways to combat the noise. While they do not completely drown out all of the sounds, earplugs do minimize the racket a good deal. While some people might find them uncomfortable, if you buy the right kind, earplugs can actually be almost unnoticeable. Even if you don’t want to wear them all night, you can use them in the morning for a couple extra hours of sleep. Seriously, they help so much.
Worse comes to worse, if you’re trying to take a nap in the middle of the day play some soothing music to drown out the clanking from outside. Pop in some earbuds, put on some good tunes, and let sleep overtake you because we all know you need it after waking up to banging metal.
Go to Bed Earlier
Yes, I know you have homework and clubs and meetings and whatever else you have to do. But, scheduling your night so that you can go to bed even a half an hour earlier can really make a difference. It can be hard, but your body will thank you in the morning when you’ve slept just a little longer than you did the day before. When you know you’re going to wake up early, why not be proactive and go to sleep early as well?
This may be obvious to some or perhaps you already do this but get everything ready the night before. Check the weather for the next day then put out the clothes you’re going to wear. See what you need for your classes then pack it in your backpack before you go to bed. Getting ready the night before gives you extra time in the morning to stay in bed longer and sleep in. And we all know how hard it is to get up in the morning, even without loud noises waking you up.
This new Plex isn’t going to be done anytime soon, so it’s good to know how to deal with the ongoing construction in your life. It’ll be a lot less inconvenient if you try some of these tips to deal with it. Especially Saturday and Sunday mornings when all you want to do is stay in bed. Learn to deal with construction in a constructive way instead of yelling out your window (which is totally relatable), and you’ll have a much less irritating year.