As a college student we all know we aren’t getting enough sleep. But how bad is it? Is it making an impact on our health. I wanted to cover a topic that we all can relate to and benefit from. Sometimes it is self inflicted, other times it seems like we can do nothing about it because of priorities. On average I get about 6 and a half hours of sleep, with football at 7am every morning I wake up at 6 and try to go to bed before midnight. But still it often seems like it takes a while even though we seem to be exhausted throughout the day. Studies say young adults our age are supposed to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. But many of my friends say they go to bed at about 2 and wake up at 9. Occasionally school and other things will keep us up later than midnight, but after reading articles we are doing more harm than good staying up this late.
Sometimes we think we get more accomplished burning the midnight oil, but during the important hours of the day we seem to be more zombified. Many of us result to energy drinks, caffeine and other things to help us be sharp during the day. Yet, these things are bad for our health all around. Naturally after a full night of sleep you feel great, this is your body thanking you. I know that at this time in our lives sleep isn’t priority one, but my quest for everyone is to put a larger emphasis on their sleep. We owe it to ourselves to sleep more every night. I recently tried to get 7-8 hours of instead of 6-7 and I have noticed how much more efficient I am during the day. One other major thing that I have noticed is that I am much more of a happy person to be around. People around me have noticed it too. One other thing to mention is when alcohol is consumed typically you do not get a good night of sleep so that is why “hangover’s” are even worse than usual. Sleep is naturally neglected at this age, but if you are making your emphasis to get more sleep then things will progress for you academically, socially and health wise. Good luck to everyone!