Every college student has stayed up all night to cram for an exam, or has pulled of an all-nighter to finish an essay, at least once. But when students depend on those late nights it ends up affecting their grades and overall health.
Research recommends college students to get at least 9 hours of sleep each night. But in reality students are only getting about 5 to 6 hours of sleep per night. Lack of sleep affects a students concentration, memory, and can lead to an increase in anxiety and irritability.
So the key to retaining more information, focusing in class, and becoming more alert is creating a better sleeping schedule, and here’s how:
1) Time Management- Schedule time to complete your assignments.
2) Relax- It makes it more difficult to sleep when students have a lot on their mind.
3) Exercise- Staying active for 20 to 30 minutes enhances deep sleep.
4) Avoid Long Naps- Naps should only last for 30 minutes, anything longer interferes with a good night sleep
So the next time you are planning on puling an all-nighter, remember that sleep is one of the most important factors to getting a better education!