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The Power Of A Nap

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With classes in full swing, you may be finding it a bit difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Don’t feel guilty about a power nap before you start studying, there are many benefits associated with sneaking in a decent nap before class or starting homework.

1. Memory

Napping improves your working memory associated with completing complex tasks where you actually need to pay attention. While you are sleeping, your memories are moved to the neocortex and become stored as long-term memories.

Young Girl Thinking Memory

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2. Perception

Naps improve your sensory perception, meaning when you wake up your walls are brighter, your Chipotle smells better, and your Dr. Pepper is that much more refreshing. Napping also loosens and refreshes your web of ideas and helps fuse everything together. Think of it like re-fragmenting your computer; this is what sleeping does to your brain.

Young College Girl Waking Up From Sleeping Refreshed Memory

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3. Health

Sleep deprivation increases the stress hormone, cortisol. Too much cortisol weakens your muscular and immune system, increases glucose intolerance, adds abdominal fat, and decreases levels of growth hormones and testosterone in your body.

Healthy College Student

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4. Normal Functioning

Piling homework on with no sleep actually decreases your productivity. Sleep is required for normal daily functioning, especially for the life of a busy college student. So do yourself a favor and take a quick nap every now and then. You won’t regret it.

Male College Student Falling Asleep On His Homework

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Anyone sleepy yet?

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Snooze or Lose!

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As a college student, a lot of our nights are spent staying up late studying, finishing a paper, going out to the bars, or trying to find some time to ourselves to finally relax. It is quite rare for any student to go to bed early and sleep in to a sufficient time. A lot of students (even after staying up late the night before) wake up early to do last minute studying, early morning work-outs, or go to class. Between going to bed late and waking up early, the quality of our sleep is significantly declining.

The Facts

College students are supposed to sleep on average between 7-9 hours per night. However, the real average comes to less than 6.9 hours per night. Sleep is a time to put our body and mind to rest. The typical university life requires sleep time for the body to refuel and for the brain to refresh and improve learning and memory, yet sleep time keeps decreasing.

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Impact

Sleep deprivation has a major impact on your body, mind, and studies.

  • Decreased Immunity
  • Mood Swings / Bad Mood
  • Decreased Flexibility and Strength
  • Weight Gain
  • Impaired Attention Span
  • Memory Deficiency
  • Poor Academic Performance
Failed Exam Grade

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Better Habits

Get yourself into a better sleeping habit to avoid sleep deprivation. Here are some tips:

  • Bed Time Ritual - Do certain tasks right before sleep to let the body know it’s time to wind down and prepare for bed (ex. Brush your teeth, wash your face, relax). Also, go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning.
  • Relax – Calm anxiety and daily stress away by making time for yourself. Include this in with your ritual (ex. Read a book, listen to relaxing music, take a bath).
  • Light Snack – Eat something small (ex. Yogurt, Granola Bar, Mixed Nuts).
  • Avoid Naps – This will prohibit you from sleeping later and ruin your routine!
  • No Stress Zone – The bed is not a place for thinking, worrying, or making to-do lists. Try to get this all out BEFORE you hop into bed.
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Our whole day depends on proper sleep, so it is time to stop neglecting an important part of our daily schedule! Sleep right – sleep tight!

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The Snooze Button: Friend or Foe?

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By BookRenter Andy

By the grey sky morning

The snooze button is an interesting creature. Like the Siren temptresses of Greek Mythology, the snooze button is an inviting provocation of sweet release; if you push it, you might plunge right back into your comforting dream for ten more minutes. If you don’t, you’re probably an impenetrable rock of a person. Or you’re tied down to the bed. (Maybe both?)

As we are still in the throws of acclimating to the post Daylight Savings shift in sleep patterns, we figured it was time to delve a little deeper into the snooze button. So we asked our Facebook fans and came up with some shocking results. {EN: Ok, we weren’t really shocked.  If people didn’t use the good old snooze button, clocks would stop having them. Right? Anywho, back to the matter at hand.}

83% of responders hit the snooze button, and 34% of responders hit the snooze button 4 times or more. We are a weak, sleepy bunch, us humans.  So I ask you, reader: is this a sign that our beloved college students are not getting the necessary ZZZ’s, or are they gluttons of sleep?

Whether or not you’re smacking the snooze button each morning, you can’t argue the importance of getting enough sleep.  Lack of sleep can have some serious effects on not only your mind, but also your body and general well-being. Take a look at some recent articles from the New York Times:

Less Sleep Linked With More Eating

Learning While You Dream

Getting Sick From Lack of Sleep

Napping to Boost Brain Power

Forget the old mantra, “You Snooze You Lose” – sleep is too important. I say let everyone hit the snooze button: “Snooze and Cruise”! You could also just try getting to bed earlier, but that’s a discussion for a different day…

By the way, here’s a well-referenced Facebook response:

“I saw a shirt depicting a person hitting the snooze button that said “keep the dream alive” – LOVE it! I have to hit the snooze at least once – preferably twice ;)” – Barbra

I, for one, refuse to believe that the snooze button is for losers, even though the Internet is full of people trying to convince you otherwise. Like Barbra said, the snooze is for DREAMERS, not losers.

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