If you’re like most college students, you’re probably sleep-deprived. According to the University Health Center at the University of Georgia, “most college students get 6 – 6.9 hours of sleep per night” but “most adults need somewhere between 6-10 hours of sleep per night.”
It’s okay not to participate in every activity; doing so will give you more time to focus on your other responsibilities, and ideally give you time for some extra sleep. If you’re stretched too thin, you won’t be able to perform at your best for any of your tasks.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to balance everything you have going on and still have time for sleep, let alone get more than 6 hours! However, sleep is more important than you may think, and it will help you succeed academically and professionally. Get enough sleep, and take advantage of these benefits:
Mornings: Even if you’ve never been a morning person, it will be easier to wake up in the morning if you get enough sleep the night before. Rather than fighting your body to get out of bed, you’ll be ready to wake up (and be on time to work or class). You’ll look at mornings differently after you try it for a week, I promise!
Health: No one has time for sickness, and getting sleep can reduce how often you get sick. When you get enough sleep, you’re able to fight off diseases before you even come down with them. This past winter, I only came down with one cold, even though I usually get sick multiple times every winter. I credit sleep for helping to keep me healthy!
Listen to your body; if you’re tired, even after getting enough sleep, you might be fighting something and need that extra sleep to keep from getting sick!
Energy: Obviously, sleep will give you more energy. This will give you the willpower to be productive and motivated:
- Productivity: With enough sleep, your productivity will increase dramatically. Instead of procrastinating and wishing you could take a nap, you’ll be ready to focus on your work. If an extra few hours of sleep means you’ll be able to plow through your work the next day, that’s a fair trade.
- Motivation: Not only will you be more productive when you’re well-rested, but you’ll be motivated to complete more tasks.
Relax: Preparing to sleep is calming and stress-relieving, and every college student can benefit from that! Enjoy the opportunity to take a breather during your busy life.
Mood: When you’re well-rested, you’re more likely to be in a good mood. (Kids get extremely cranky when they’re tired, and we’re not too different from them.) Getting enough sleep will cause you to have a positive outlook on life, and… (See the next point:)
Enjoy life: When you sleep enough, you’ll be able to think about more than just the next time you get to reunite with your bed. In addition to focusing on the necessities, you can also appreciate the beauty and people around you.
Sleeper’s tip: An important aspect of getting enough sleep is having a regular sleep schedule. Chances are, if you’re up until 2:00am one night, it’ll be difficult to fall asleep at 10:00pm the following night. If you can’t fall asleep at night, it’s nearly impossible to get the necessary hours of sleep.
Getting enough sleep on a regular basis is one of the best ways to improve your life, both academically and professionally. Doing so will allow you be more productive, motivated, happy, healthy, and punctual.
What do you love about sleep? Comment below!
– Sarah C.
Picture from The Autistic Help.