Sleep vs. College

by wburg1 on November 17, 2014 - 8:48pm

When it comes to college, sleep is one of those things a student can’t ever seem to get enough of. Whether it’s pulling an all-nighter studying or an all-nighter partying, messing with your sleep schedule and your quality of sleep can drastically affect your learning potential. Sleep isn’t just important for school, it is also important for your health.

Sleep is easy to do when you have the time, but for some people time is of the essence. So how do you make up for this lack of sleep? You make time. When you get a healthy amount of sleep, you dramatically reduce your chances of stress, motor vehicle accidents, and can improve happiness. These are very important things that can make or break your academic success. Stress makes it difficult to get anything done and can even make it difficult to fall asleep. Now, not only are you losing sleep because of stress, but now you are getting even less sleep which just leads to a never ending cycle of sleeplessness.

One of the big factors contributing to a lack of sleep is partying. Alcohol dramatically reduces REM sleep, which is a stage in your sleep cycle that is directly related to how rested you feel upon awakening. One study that involved rats saw them die after a few weeks of no REM sleep. This is crucial for feeling awake during school and maximizing your learning.

The biggest thing sleep does is it creates a difficulty for us to focus. This is where it hurts students the most. When we are sleep deprived, over-worked neurons can’t access previously learned information as easily and this leads to forgetting things. There is a difference between going to class to learn and just going to class to be there. If you aren’t retaining the information then what is the point of being there in the first place. Focusing in class can be the difference between how much you need to study as well. If you are learning half of the things you need to know for your tests while you are in class, this means you have fewer things you need to study. Now that you have fewer things to study, you can turn that study time into sleeping time.

 

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Comments

sleep vs college, in the article it is mentioned that lack of sleep is caused by stress, partying and all nighters of studying. although studies show that only 11% of college students in the country actually get the right amount of sleep. studies also show that 18% of men and 30% of women in college suffer from insomnia so it does not exactly mean that it is by choice that college students don't get the right amount of sleep, but simply because they might not know that they are suffering from a sleep disorder. Another major point this article brings up is the amount of sleep that you get affects your mood and your ability to focus. This problem can also lead to other mental illnesses like depression. A diagnosis would be a great option for college students to get so they can further examine why they are sleep deprived and find a way to help the lack of sleep. this would also contribute to preventing any further mental disorders from occurring and overall just improve the life style of the average college student

I feel very concerned about this article. As a college student, I can relate about the strong lack of sleep that I have. Being tired is now part of my personality. I did not see the problem as a cycle of sleeplessness before. I was just trying to get everything done every day, but now it changes my point of view. I will try to get both sleep and time to do homework by sleeping and maximizing the effects of my presence in class.

I think the fact of successing in school isn't changed by the amount of time you do sleep. From my personal experience, I never sleeped much since I was young and I still have good grades today. The effects of sleep probably change from a person to another. I still agree that it feels so much better when you had a good night of sleep and that it is easier to concentrate while at school. But where is the challenge?

I think the fact of successing in school isn't changed by the amount of time you do sleep. From my personal experience, I never sleeped much since I was young and I still have good grades today. The effects of sleep probably change from a person to another. I still agree that it feels so much better when you had a good night of sleep and that it is easier to concentrate while at school. But where is the challenge?

Reading your article really opens my eyes. I never really thought about it, but it really is when I lack of sleep that I am not as productive as I could be. I should really force myself to sleep more because after reading your article, I think that it could, somehow, help me focus more during my work and be more productive. I spend so much time procrastinating and am a very slow writer and student in general. I read slowly, write slowly and it affected my grades more than once. I never really considered sleep as something necessary for my success, but the more I think about it, the more I tell myself that I might not be using as much energy and brain activity on my work as I could. Naps will now definitely be a part of my agenda and I will organize myself to sleep earlier. Now that I know the source of all my problems, I cannot stay passive about it. Thank you so much !

Sleep is essential to our learning abilities. Looking at our classmates and ourselves it is easy to understand why it can be difficult to get enough sleep. We’ve all procrastinated at least once in our student life to finish our homework. The only reason to why we do not get enough sleep is how we manage our time, it is also the solution.

Is it me third semester in college, and now I realise that sleep is the remedy for everything. Doing a schedule of everything I had to do and be organised helped me getting more sleep but also a better quality sleep. I particularly see the difference in my grades and my focus in school. Sleep totally helped me getting my things done. Also, like you said, a lack a sleep brings short term issues as loss of memory, inability to concentrate and even mood issues. But it also brings long term issues. In this website: http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences , it explains that lack of sleep is related with many diseases that can lead to death, which is way worse then getting bad grades. Society must start making choices, having a little more fun when you are young, or living a long and healthy life? Sleep is the first good start.

I find this post very interesting as I myself struggle with sleep problems. In the post, the problem appears to be associated with an overload of work or activities that prevent individuals from obtaining the sleep they need. In my case, my insomnia is also stress-related; I wake up very early in the morning because of my preoccupation about school work. The feeling that you do not have sufficient time to balance work and sleep is an issue in most college students' lives. The best way I have found to cope with this is simple but difficult for most considering we all have a tendency to procrastinate. I find myself with much more time on my hands for sleep an activities when I do every assignment as if it were due one day prior. As for studying, because of what I've learned in Introduction of Psychology, I feel most confident and least stressed when I study at least three days in advance. This has been shown to improve memorization and to optimize results, thus reducing stress related to being "last minute", work overload, and sleep deprivation.

In previous semesters, I would cut down on my sleep in order to study or to write essays. As you mentioned, it caused me a lot of stress and I saw a decrease in my academic performance because I was not as concentrated in class. This semester, I happened to do what you suggested: make time for sleep. I always make sure to get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep. I saw a drastic change in my grades, energy level, and overall mood/happiness. I was more concentrated in class, which in turn increased the amount of information I retained and decreased the amount of studying I had to do on my own. Also, since I had slept a good amount of hours, my studying was much more effective. I also saw a decrease in my stress level, which made me less irritable and happier. Since I had more sleep, I was also more energetic. This factor also influences my academic success because it makes me more attentive and alert in class. Many students seem to think that cutting down on their sleep is the best way to go in order to get everything done, but I can honestly say that it is the other way around. Lacking sleep only makes you less performant and more stressed.

I must agree with you, sleep is one the crucial aspect of an healthy lifestyle. As a second-year college student, I have learned to manage adequately my schedule in order to get as much sleep as I can. Indeed, last year, I remember having trouble concentrating, even having difficulty to speak out the right words when I was tired. My sleeplessness was apparent. This year, I decided to study efficiently, to stop procrastinating and to have greater amount of sleep than last year. I was successful in doing so, and I can definitely notice the difference. between this year and last year. My grades, my concentration and my attention-span are much better, I can say say that it is because I slept more. However, these good resolutions are out the door when in the rush of the end of semester. All hell's gone loose!

Personally, I find your topic to be very interesting. For one thing, I noticed an increase in my academic performance when I was able to schedule myself to get at least 8 hours a slept per day. These 8 hours of slept helped me save the energy and concentration I needed to study .Moreover, this allowed me to study for test and finish my term papers in advance. The University Health Center website explains the consequences of sleep loss. For example, it states that lack of sleep can lower a student’s immune system, decrease a student’s academic performance, and increase stress levels. Moreover, the website claims that students who sleep at least 7-8 hours have a higher GPA than those who get 6 or fewer. Finally, I suggest you go check the website because there are more interesting facts that will help you support your point of view.

Link: https://www.uhs.uga.edu/sleep/

Sometimes, when you have a lot of classes and when everything is due with in the same few days, sleep is very hard to achieve. I feel that sleep is very important but it seems like I can never get enough of it. I personally feel more attentive and motivated when I get more sleep.

Sometimes, when you have a lot of classes and when everything is due with in the same few days, sleep is very hard to achieve. I feel that sleep is very important but it seems like I can never get enough of it. I personally feel more attentive and motivated when I get more sleep.

Your point of view on sleep is rather conservative does not include any place for other sleep schedules. In this short video by the famous channel AsapScience, two sleep schedules, the "early birds" versus the "night owls", are analyze in order to find which one is the best. In your blog post, you describe the sleep schedule this channel would call Early Bird. In this video, they come to the conclusion that those two sleep schedules are determined by the genes. Both of them have an explication from an evolutionary perspective that actually make sense. Night Owls would protect the group thorough night, and Early Birds would take charge early in the morning. Although, this video explains that in modern society, most of social activities happen from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.. Therefore, it forces the Night Owls into a phenomenon called Social Jetlag, which causes sleep deprivation. Although, I do believe you about the effects of sleep deprivation, this video concludes that both sleep schedules have their advantages and disadvantages and that none is better than the other. Therefore, I do not believe that the solution to the sleep deprivation of Night Owls is that they adjust to the Early Birds sleep schedule, but rather an adaptation of society to the Night Owls sleep schedule where it is possible. Also, remember, if early birds get the worm, night owls get the mouse.

You make great points of how important sleep is. And looking also on fixing your sleep patterns you could look at how many students work full time or part time within being a full time student this also has effect on how the body and mind are being over worked resulting into less sleep. It may be best for a students full potential to put 100%b of there focus on school while being able to get the appropriate amount of sleep. This article I will give you provides a full explanation of the topic you are discussing. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK19958/

You make great points of how important sleep is. And looking also on fixing your sleep patterns you could look at how many students work full time or part time within being a full time student this also has effect on how the body and mind are being over worked resulting into less sleep. It may be best for a students full potential to put 100%b of there focus on school while being able to get the appropriate amount of sleep. This article I will give you provides a full explanation of the topic you are discussing. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK19958/

You make great points of how important sleep is. And looking also on fixing your sleep patterns you could look at how many students work full time or part time within being a full time student this also has effect on how the body and mind are being over worked resulting into less sleep. It may be best for a students full potential to put 100%b of there focus on school while being able to get the appropriate amount of sleep. This article I will give you provides a full explanation of the topic you are discussing. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK19958/

You make great points of how important sleep is. And looking also on fixing your sleep patterns you could look at how many students work full time or part time within being a full time student this also has effect on how the body and mind are being over worked resulting into less sleep. It may be best for a students full potential to put 100%b of there focus on school while being able to get the appropriate amount of sleep. This article I will give you provides a full explanation of the topic you are discussing. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK19958/

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