The whirlwind of midterms and mid-semester papers can leave us all feeling overwhelmed and anxious. As our “To Do” lists grow longer, it can be tempting to sleep less, or even pull an all-nighter, to get more work done. While an extra three hours of homework and studying in the evening seems like a good idea in the moment, the long term effects might be more harmful than helpful. Keep reading to learn about some of the reasons to prioritize a balance between healthy sleeping habits and study time
- Getting enough sleep can help student be more alert and vigilant.
- Students are able to retain information better when they are well-rested.
- Consistently pulling all-nighters can actually lead to a lower GPA.
- Lack of sleep can impair your overall mood and disposition.
- Sleep deprivation can lead to a weakened immune system, leaving you susceptible to sickness.
- Losing out on sleep can lead to the vicious sleep-stress cycle.
- People who sleep less tend to show less motivation.
The best of intentions won’t lead to a good-night’s sleep unless you’re actually sleeping! Here are some tips for quality sleep.
- Learn to associate your bed with sleep. Don’t study or watch T.V. in bed and if you can’t fall asleep, leave your bed and do something relaxing until you’re tired.
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule throughout the week, including weekends. This will help your body’s clock align to a set schedule.
- Develop a nighttime routine. Allow your body and mind to calm down at the end of the day by removing stimulants like caffeine and bright lights.
Word to the wise: research does show that there is such thing as too much sleep. An excess of sleep is connected to feeling sluggish throughout the day and might be a sign of another problem. If you ever feel out of balance, talk to a friend or reach out to EMU’s CAPS to talk to someone.