What’s the Big Deal About Sleep?

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Are those all-nighters starting to pick up as the last full month of classes arrives? You might want to consider turning some of those studying hours into catching some Zzzz’s. It can be tough to juggle all of those classes, homework assignments, and extra-curriculars, but it’ll be worthwhile in the long run!

 

According to the National Sleep Foundation, young adults between the ages of 18-24 should get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Being sleep deprived can really bring down your day and negatively affect your performance in class as sleep greatly affects things such as concentration and memory.

 

Think it’s easier said than done? Here are some tips to help you get that 7-9 hours of sleep a night:

 

  1. Turn off or move your cell phone/laptop across the room, that way you won’t be tempted to constantly refresh twitter or respond to that non-urgent text from your friend.

 

  1. Try your best to complete assignments and study ahead of time. Cramming for that exam the next morning rather than getting sleep probably won’t help you do well.

 

  1. Watch your caffeine intake for the day. Consuming significant amounts, especially in the later afternoon or evening will through off your circadian rhythm and make it hard to fall asleep.

 

With these tips in mind, make sure you’re catching the right amount of Zzzz’s tonight to be refreshed and ready to go for the new day ahead tomorrow!

 

https://sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need

 

http://campusmindworks.org/students/self_care/sleep.asp

Written by Pat Githens, Peer Educator

 

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