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Successful Students Tend to Sleep More

Posted by Thornie Longmuir on Jul 28, 2021 10:30:25 AM

Portrait of a happy female student using laptop computer in university

Academic performance highly depends on the quality of sleep. It isn’t surprising that sleep is essential to maintain our basic life processes and recharge our batteries.

Nothing is more effective than a good night’s sleep. It is hard to overestimate the importance of sleep, especially when you are a student.

Student life is diverse. Learners are involved in various activities that require plenty of energy. And to refill that motivation, students are encouraged to sleep more.

Fortunately, most learners are well aware that sleeping is the most effective way to remain attentive and productive during the day. The Alaska Sleep Clinic has interviewed students and found out their sleep habits and why more learners pay close attention to them.

Insufficient Sleep Leads to Severe Problems

            Those students who lack quality sleep delve into researching the causes and consequences of lacking sleep. It is no wonder that insufficient sleep drives many health issues. Their severity is individual. Some may face mild symptoms of inadequate sleep. Others, in turn, can get serious diseases, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Memory issues
  • Concentration problems

Students Are Becoming Well Aware of the Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep

            Once students get familiar with the causes of a lack of sleep, they start assessing their sleep habits. For example, learners analyze whether they sleep in abundance. According to scientists, young people, including students, have to sleep over seven hours to recover.

            Aside from that, interviewees state that they reviewed the quality of their pillows and blankets. Many reported having tremendous problems falling asleep–excruciating neck pain, headache, and insomnia–because of low-quality cushions.

            Last, students confirmed that sleep equals academic performance and overall success. By having a systemic good night’s sleep, they managed to invest more time completing their assignments. “Although I still have to pay someone to write my paper because I don’t have enough skills, I now do that rarely, thanks to high-quality sleep,” comments a participant.

Building a Healthy Sleeping Regimen                                                              

            “Sleeping just seven or more hours a day doesn’t solve the problem. A more complex approach is needed,” experts say. Indeed, building sound sleep is demanding, as it requires reviewing pre-sleeping habits. Thankfully, the awareness among students is high. Learners tend to improve their sleep by:

  • Going to bed and waking up on the schedule: Organized sleeping may limit students (for instance, they may miss crashing the party late at night). However, it positively impacts an entire sleep session.
  • Ditching blue light before crawling into bed: Blue light reduces a melatonin level, making it harder to fall asleep and experience deep sleep. Students tend to cut down on screen time or turn on the night light prior to going to bed.
  • Following diet protocols to improve quality of sleep: Food also affects the quality of sleep. Interestingly, students begin to follow various diets to enhance their sleep. They also tend to time their meal intake schedules by implementing intermittent fasting.
  • Practicing sport or doing yoga: Working out is an excellent stress-reliever that pumps the brain with oxygen and helps it drop off more easily and quickly.

Taking Power Naps

            Numerous studies showed that naps are excellent for every category of people. More students tend to take power naps in the mid-afternoon. They point out that naps boost their memory, improve productivity, mood, motivation, ease stress, and make them more concentrated.

Approaching Caffeinated Drinks Wisely

            Giving yourself a good kick of energy by drinking coffee in the mornings is common. Yet, it isn’t the only cup of it. One cup of coffee is almost instantly followed by another, and then another, and then another. At the end of the day, people’s body is full of caffeine that hampers their desire to sleep.

            Students often put their coffee drinking habits on pause and then slowly reintroduce the drink. They drink up to two cups of coffee or tea no later than eight hours before bed. This way, learners follow their sleep schedule and can drift off at a determined time.

Recap

            Students often lack sleep because of hectic academic schedules, home assignments, and other tests. As a result, their performance dips, making an average grade unsatisfactory. Successful students tend to sleep more, and it is for a reason. A good night’s sleep has plenty of benefits. If you want to enhance your sleep and thus increase your academic success, you need a complex approach. The Alaska Sleep Clinic can help you; call us today to learn more.

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