The Importance of Sleep for Students and Ways to Make the Most of it

Eimear Heuston

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Sleep is vital in our lives to help us function and complete even the most mundane everyday tasks and students especially relish the idea of having a morning free of lectures for a good sleep in. But with studies showing just how important sleep really is with regards to our internal functioning and in the processes of studying from books or learning using motor skills, we are now seeing how sleep helps us register the days events and store what we learned throughout that day. With this it is clear that students, although it can be a challenge to do so while keeping up with college life, can really benefits from getting a decent nights sleep.

While it gets closer to assignment deadlines and exams students can start feeling the pressure and last minute cramming can seem like an inevitable reality of the end of the year, getting control of your sleeping pattern may save you lots of stress in the long run and help you pull it out of the bag come deadlines and exam time. Helpguide.org have come up with a comprehensive list of ways to make the most out of your down time and can help you make the most of your class time and study time.

1: Set a regular bedtime. Go to bed at the same time every night. Choose a time when you normally feel tired, so that you don’t toss and turn. Try not to break this routine on weekends when it may be tempting to stay up late. If you want to change your bedtime, help your body adjust by making the change in small daily increments, such as 15 minutes earlier or later each day.

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Although this one can be tough to stick to with the college way of life and the general nights out, but when you take into account the night you stay in and waste hours watching nothing on TV or sitting on your laptop you could probably manage to put it into practise for the majority of the week.

2: Wake up at the same time every day. If you’re getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without an alarm. If you need an alarm clock to wake up on time, you may need to set an earlier bedtime. As with your bedtime, try to maintain your regular wake-time even on weekends.

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Thats right even on the mornings you are lecture free it is advised you get up at the same time, which may be helpful with setting your internal clock for college. Also you could find you fit much more into your time off this way.

3: Nap to make up for lost sleep. If you need to make up for a few lost hours, opt for a daytime nap rather than sleeping late. This strategy allows you to pay off your sleep debt without disturbing your natural sleep-wake rhythm, which often backfires in insomnia and throws you off for days.

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This one wont take much convincing for most student, its practically part of your curriculum already.

4: Be smart about napping. While taking a nap can be a great way to recharge, especially for older adults, it can make insomnia worse. If insomnia is a problem for you, consider eliminating napping. If you must nap, do it in the early afternoon, and limit it to thirty minutes.

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Simple, if you don’t sleep very well don’t waste the precious time you might get later.

5: Fight after-dinner drowsiness. If you find yourself getting sleepy way before your bedtime, get off the couch and do something mildly stimulating to avoid falling asleep, such as washing the dishes, calling a friend, or getting clothes ready for the next day. If you give in to the drowsiness, you may wake up later in the night and have trouble getting back to sleep.

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Source: http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm

Hopefully some of these tips will be helpful in improving the way you sleep and help you get the most out it.

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Eimear Heuston