College Kids Need More Rest


College is a stressful time for most young adults. It’s the first time that many experience the trials and tribulations of adulthood. These days, in addition to being burdened by a ridiculous amount of debt, college students have to keep on top of their studies while working part-time or, for some, full-time jobs. If that isn’t enough, most college kids have healthy social lives as well. With all this going on, it’s no wonder why college kids need more sleep.

To compensate for this chronic lack of rest, many students will sleep in on the weekends to compensate for their loss during the week. A recent article by the University of Riverside citing a study by a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School found that overcompensating over the weekend doesn’t make up for the deficiency during the week. The study found, “…subjects’ performance was efficient after waking from a 10 hour sleep, but deteriorated over the course of the study…The bottom line is, even a good night’s sleep does not totally compensate for many weeks of sleep loss.”

So, if you’re a college student in need of a good night’s sleep, here are some quick tips from the folks at Sit ‘n Sleep to help you get the most out of your college experience without sacrificing your much-needed ZZZs.

Keep a consistent sleep schedule
You will sleep much sounder if you go to sleep and wake up at roughly the same time every night. Keeping your daily class/work schedule consistent throughout the week will work wonders at regulating your sleep cycle.

Avoid the all-nighters
Admit it…most of the time college students have to pull all-nighters is because they put off studying and cram it all in on one night. If you take a few hours a day and dedicate them to your studies, you won’t have to pull an all-nighter before your test day. Plus, with a good night’s sleep under your belt you’ll be as sharp as possible when you take your test.

Avoid drinking alcohol
Although it may seem like a sleep aid because it helps you fall asleep, alcohol inhibits the body from going into the deeper, more restorative sleep cycles. So, even if you get eight hours of sleep, your body will be sleep deprived the next day.

Source: UCR Highlander

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Published: November 18th, 2010 at 17:29
Categories: Sleep Health