Students all too often know the struggle of having to choose between sleep and academics. For many, sleep is the first activity they are willing to give up. Sure, there is some time for a two hour lunch with a friend or an episode of Breaking Bad, but as a due date becomes hours away or a test is the next day, students go into crunch mode all of a sudden, staying up for many hours or even the whole night working on schoolwork/studying. It doesn’t seem too bad at first, but sleep deprivation can cost you a whole lot if it becomes a habit.
Students are aware of the fact that low amounts of sleep are not good for them, however many have resulted in the feelings that there is nothing that can be done about it. So what do they do? They joke.
Here a popular twitter account makes a funny joke about college students who don’t get enough sleep, but are these common type of jokes really that funny?
It is important to actually understand the health results that sleep deprivation can have on one’s body. This is especially true because sleep will always be relevant in life way beyond school years. Sure joking about lack of sleep may be funny for a little while, but it will not be a joke when a serious health issue becomes involved.
So how much sleep is really needed and what are the side effects of sleep deprivation? This video explains:
Sometimes staying up late is inevitable, and that is okay! It just cannot become an ongoing habit, or you will run into problems.
This chart represents both the short term and long term effects of sleep deprivation. Obviously even one night is bad for your health, however multiple nights can and will cause serious harm.
Here is an NPR report on seniors discussing the amount of junior year work they had to do as well as the sleep they had to sacrifice in order to finish said work. The report also contains some tips to help with management of assignments/studying and ways to be well rested:
Besides the health benefits, under-sleeping has been said to do more harm then help on next day assignments and tests. A really well done academic study on next day academic behavior after lack of sleep that is mentioned in the report that is worth checking out can be found here.
Start young and prepare yourself for your future of sleeping habits. If there is anything that is most important to take away from this blog, these tips to getting more sleep in school while having quality academics in mind should be taken into consideration:
- Figure what time of day is most effective to study.
- Some work most effectively in the morning, some at night. Experiment a bit and figure out what is right for you.
- Put yourself in the right study environment.
- Somewhere where you will not get distracted. You may want to ditch the cellular device or download an app that blocks distracting apps/websites while you study.
- Never pull an all-nighter!
- Always get some sleep, even if it is for a few hours.
- The best tip of all is to study before it becomes too late!
- Give yourself enough time to study and don’t wait until the last minute. Split your studying into multiple days. Set aside time to study/develop a plan to be able to review all material covered on your test.
- Lastly, get rest before the test.
- Spend some time the night before to review key concepts, but not too much time. Last minute cramming is usually not very useful considering you probably won’t remember much of what you crammed the next day anyways.