First Impression Post – Sleep

My sleep habits this semester are nowhere near as strong as I’d like them to be. As a commuter, my living space as well as both of my jobs are off campus, and taking 18 credits means my schoolwork demands staying up late every night and studying for every minute of free time between class. I wake up at 7 am each day and go to bed after almost always after 1am. At best, I get about 6-7 hours of sleep each night, which is not healthy for my lifestyle. To keep myself awake to study, I often go to the gym for an intense hour-long session before I sit down at my desk for the night. Sleep is critical for muscle recovery, but I am unable to fit in enough sleep, so I’m putting my body under stress and days of soreness without proper healing.

In addition, my focus and alertness are constantly hindered by my tiredness. I do not consume caffeine any more than once a week, as it tends to keep me from falling asleep later when I need to. Overall, my sleep habits do not work well with my level of physical activity. To improve my sleep habits, the best thing I personally can do is take time off of work to complete schoolwork earlier in the day and get to bed at a more reasonable time. I think 8-9 hours of sleep is almost unattainable for college students, despite the fact it’s what we should all be getting. I would say between 7-8 hours of sleep each night plus a nap later in the day would be the most effective and realistic plan.

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One thought on “First Impression Post – Sleep

  1. I would say that 7-8 hours would be the appropriate amount of sleep for a college student, but I can’t imagine the differences in schedule that someone who commutes has to face. Fitting in sleep is hard enough as it is, let alone with driving time and two jobs. I’m glad you still find time to work out and keep your body healthy, but you are right–the body needs time to recover, both mentally and physically. Something in your schedule might have to give in order to stay healthy and afloat. You also mentioned naps, which might help! For a quick refresher, try a 20 minute nap. For full energy, a 90 minute nap will put your brain through one full sleep cycle, helping you feel the best after you wake up. Try to avoid 40 minute naps if you can, as you will feel the least awake from one of those.

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