Have you ever fallen asleep in class? It’s bound to happen if you don’t get enough sleep. Adequate sleep is so important for students. Otherwise, they don’t have enough energy throughout the day, regardless of whether they nap in class. You certainly don’t want to class nap, and you want to enjoy a day of positive energy, good times and good grades, so you need your beauty sleep.
That goes for college students, too, and not just younger students. College students sometimes think since they are adults that they can pull all-nighters to ace exams. There are business professionals in this world who work relentlessly to find means to an end, but all working professionals know that without sleep, you eventually crash and burn.
There are sleep sacrifices to be made later on in life, but they are not for students to discover at this time. Students need consistency, and one hallmark of that consistency is a proper sleep schedule. How much sleep should you be getting each night?
It used to be that the experts would hit the nail on the head with 8 hours every time they were asked. Nowadays, for people in general, you will often see the recommendation of 7-8 hours a night. We’re not talking everyone here, however, and it is often recommended that students get their full 8 hours.
Students need that sleep because they have a lot on their plates. They may not be taking on the entire household on top of working their 9-5 like adults, but let’s take a look at their responsibilities. They have to handle an all-day school schedule, followed by extracurricular activities and homework.
As an adult, I can tell you the only thing I’ve handled harder than that are life’s complex issues as we age and working full-time while going to colelge full-time. In other words, I was still a student. Life’s issues, relationships and providing for others, even working overtime, can be more stressful, sure, as we have to take care of ourselves and others as adults.
Yet as far as scheduling goes, those school days can be relentless, though extremely fun. With proper sleep, you don’t end up feeling like you’re running the gauntlet. I was paiting a picture to make a point. The responsibility of class all day long grouped with home work and extracurricular activities is enormous, yet doable because you are young and full of energy, thanks to sleep.
Developing a consistent and healthy sleep schedule while a student can also help you keep the same habits as an adult. You want to feel young and full of energy then, too, as you will have even more responsibilities. So the case for getting enough sleep each night has been made, but how do you make sure it happens with such a busy schedule?
It can be hard for sure. One of the best ways to ensure it happens is to do your homework first thing when you get home from school. That can be easier said than done some days, and it’s understandable if you need to break tradition from time to time for different reasons.
If you can get your homework done right away, then you don’t eat into the rest of your day. You need a break at some point from schoool-related activities, and it’s not always easy to find. Let’s say that you go to bed from 9 to 5 or 10 to 6 in order to get your 8 hours. You’re going to have a window of time to chill if you incorporate good time management into your daily routine.
It gets a little more complicated when you have to show up early to school or stay late. And as for college students, they practically live on campus, even if they don’t stay in a dorm. Libraries are often open late, and for 24 hours during final exams.
What’s bad about sleep deprivation for students is that it can end up causing them to get bad grades. This can be evident right away, or it can show up over time. For example, say a student stays up half the night to study for a test. The next day, sleepy, the student takes the test and can’t recall the information properly and does poorly.
The night before while staying up, the student felt like he or she learned even more knowledge to ace the test. Yet after inadequate sleep, the student is anyting but ready for a test. That is how the poor grades can start showing up immediately. The other scenario is where for a time, sleep deprivation works to your advantage. Then after awhile, it catches up to you and grades start slipping.
Consistency is key. It is what parents provide for their children, and it’s what students have to learn in regards to sleep and time management in general. Sleep is very important for the overall health and well being of students of all ages, college students included.