Sleep: Yes you do actually need it!

by Katie Bogusz on December 12, 2017

Finals time is approaching!  Although, many may associate this time of year with exhaustion it’s especially important during this time to make sure you are getting enough sleep.  Many of us love to sleep but a lot of us don’t know just how important it is for our health.  Keep reading to learn more about how important sleep is for you…

Sleep and Academic Performance

Sleep deprivation occurs when you haven’t had an appropriate amount of sleep for a couple of days.  The recommended amount of sleep is between 7-9 hours each night, but it really depends on the person.  Sleep deprivation can effect a student’s ability to perform well in the classroom.  Lack of sleep can also affect a person’s memory, which is especially important for learning.

I’m sure many of you have heard of people pulling all-nighters, and even done it yourself!  However students who pull all-nighters are more likely to have a low GPA.  Also, students who stay up late on the week nights and then try to make up for it by sleeping late on the weekends are also more likely to perform badly in their classes.  This is because it screws up your internal body clock.  This can make you want to sleep later on the weekdays which can make it difficult to wake up to your alarm.

Tips to help you Sleep Smarter!

Check out the tips below to help you get what you want from your sleep:

  • Nap during the day. Try not to nap after 3pm.  Aim for shorter power naps between, 10-30 minutes.
  • Reduce stress before bedtime. Do things that help you relax, like meditating or reading.
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every day.  It’ll help your body realize when to sleep.
  • Avoid substances that can disrupt your sleep before bed like caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.
  • Unplug your devices! Laptops, smart phones, and tablets emit artificial light that makes it harder to fall asleep and disrupt sleep cycles.
  • Exercise regularly to reduce stress, but not within 3 hours of bedtime.
  • Sleep in a dark room!

Get some Sleep Tonight!

Try following some of these tips because sleeping can have a large effect on your physical and mental health!  Not getting enough sleep can negatively affect your memory, concentration, and motivation as well as puts you at a greater risk of stomach aches and headaches.  To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSUOutreach page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach.

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