Having a healthy sleep schedule means that an individual is getting enough rest each night and feeling awake, alert, and ready to take on the day the next morning.
While this is vital for children and young adults who are still growing, college students should realize that there are many benefits from getting a good night’s sleep.
They include being attentive in class, being productive throughout the day, and having the energy to manage time and stress in an efficient way.
However, students face many obstacles in forming a healthy sleep pattern. Late nights of studying, hanging out with friends, and being involved in campus activities get in the way of getting to sleep at a decent hour.
Getting sick, not understanding a concept while trying to study, or other unplanned things can cause stress and also take time away from sleep.
Forming good habits will make dealing with unplanned things easier and less stressful. To get into a good sleep schedule, a student can follow a few simple rules:
Make a calendar.
Read your syllabi for your classes. Write down when your bio test is and which nights you should go to the library and study. As you get busier, keep filling things in.
If you know you have a club meeting on a night that you need to study, plan accordingly. Try studying after lunch if you have plans at night.
Making a calendar will prevent things from getting backed up and forcing you to do everything late at night.
Learn to say “no”
To other people, and to yourself. Saying “no” to your gym buddy once in a while is perfectly understandable if you could be using that hour to do your homework.
Having priorities will help you to focus on things that need to get done rather than things that you just want to happen. If sleep is a priority, plan around it.
Make time to wind down.
There’s nothing worse than finally laying down at night and not being able to fall asleep because you’re stressed out.
Relaxation comes in many ways, whether it’s watching TV for ten minutes or doing some stretches. Find what helps you to de-stress and allow time for it before you go to bed.
See what you can accomplish during the day so you don’t have to stay up late or wake up early to get things done. This applies to small tasks, which can add up to be time consuming.
Making lunch, doing laundry, packing a backpack, and charging up your laptop are all simple tasks that can be dealt with during the day, instead of losing sleep time over them.
Getting enough sleep allows a person to reach their full potential during the day. According to WebMd, a lack of sleep can cause memory problems and a weakening of the immune system.
These issues may interfere with schoolwork if you don’t get back on a good schedule. It can also be dangerous if you’re extremely tired and have to drive to campus, or stay on campus all day and drive home at night when you’re tired.
An adult generally needs around 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and could be more or less depending on the individual.
Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep or how necessary it is for you to have a successful day.
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