Why College Students Need to Sleep?


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Why is sleep so important? I always wondered just how much sleep a college student really needed in order to perform efficiently during the day. I have a lot of friends who pull all nighters, to get their work done. Will this actually make them do better on the test? Or do they need to get good nights sleep, wake up early and study in the morning?

According to a few articles that I have read, the average college student needs 6-10 hours per night. The average student gets 6 hours of sleep per night. It is shown that lack of sleep will impact a college student's health, mood, safety, and most importantly GPA.

Sleep is shown to boost our energy, fight off various illnesses, and strengthen memory. Sleep also put an individual in a better mood and helps them create a better performance throughout the day.

There are several bad consequences of sleep loss such as dramatically lowering of the immune system. With this an individual can develop colds or the flu. The college student may feel very stressed, resulting in weight loss or weight gain. In addition to academics, the individual may have decreased activity in athletic activities or activities that require coordination. 

All of these negative impacts can link to obesity, anxiety, and relationships. Without sleep, an individual may not be able to enjoy activities that they are usually able to enjoy. They will also have difficulty communicating with others and may get irritated very easily.

Overall, my point is that it is very important to make sure you get sleep in college. It will not just affect you by feeling tired. This lack of sleep will effect many other things that college is involved with. 

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I recently read an article from Mayo Clinic about the positive and negative side effects of a nap. I did this because I also partake in a daily nap. Sometimes I wake up reenergized, sometimes it ruins my energy for the rest of the day. This article helped me in determining when a nap is appropriate. Naps better your memory according to the study, along with improved performances, less mistakes, and several other great benefits. Some warnings were that one could feel groggy after a nap, which I have experiences if my nap runs a little longer than it should. Also, a nap could affect your night's rest, so just be careful when napping. setting an alarm also helps to wake up promptly from a short, yet necessary, nap.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/napping/MY01383

Personally, I find that sleeping is extremely important. I find myself dozing off in several classes often when I don't get good rest due to studying, working or attending events. You only have so much energy until you break down. A break down, in my opinion, is a severe illness. I caught laryngitis recently, and it affected every part of my life. I couldn't talk on the phone with my family, I couldn't hang out with friends, I barely had the energy to attend class, and the fever that accompanied it forced my body into a sleep state all throughout the day. I slept four times as much when I was sick than normal. I fell behind in work and it was all because I overworked myself. 10 hours may be a little much for a hectic lifestyle, but 7 to 8 hours is definitely necessary and I stand by that opinion. Even if you can take a nap in between classes, it can revamp your focus and energy levels. Power naps are the way to go according to this article: http://ririanproject.com/2007/09/05/10-benefits-of-power-napping-and-how-to-do-it/

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