Uni Stories: Sleep isn’t for the Weak

Every time I go for a lecture, I would always see at least one person who lays down on their desk after listening to an hour’s worth of lecture. It’s like there’s a curse in the lecture theatre that makes at least one poor kid fall asleep at the most crucial moment of the lecture.

It first starts of with a yawn, then some slight nodding off, then a full blown sandman attack… until the lecturer hints at the class to wake the guy up. Some lecturers who aren’t amused even shout at the poor kid or even humiliate them in front of the whole class.

Contrary to what most students think about sleep — in which I’m indirectly referring to the phrase we all know and love: Sleep is for the weak, it isn’t. Smart people value their sleep. It’s vital in their daily routine as it keeps their minds fresh and ready to get down to their day-to-day business. So, let’s get down to the root of the problem: Why do students sleep in class?

Blame the boring lecturer or warm and comfy seats in the lecture hall all you want, but scientists deduced that lack of quality sleep is the ultimate killer of them all. We all know that you’ll definitely fall asleep or feel drowsy throughout the day if you don’t get at least 6 hours of sleep (Some require more, some less. It depends on each individual, really). Since almost everyone knows this fact, then why don’t students get enough sleep every night?

I guess it all boils down to inefficient time management skills.

It’s the start of a new semester and I keep hearing of students abusing their new-found freedom in university by staying up all night to play mobile games, surf the internet, watch movies on Netflix etc. when they should actually be clocking in quality hours of sleep. It doesn’t help when the exposure to blue light (from playing mobile games or staring at their pc screen before going to bed) makes it even harder for them to doze off. Here’s a study on how blue light affects sleep.

Here’s THREE things you need to do in order to get more quality sleep:

  1. Make a Timetable

Time is a valuable asset of every student. That’s why it’s important to make a timetable or at least a to-do list to keep track of everything. Not only is making a schedule important, keeping to it is just as essential for it to make your life more organised. Planning ahead really does wonders for you, your mind and your body.

Set a fixed time where you should go to bed every night and be sure to stick to it! If you still have pending unfinished assignments at the end of the day, it means you didn’t plan well throughout the day, and that you should take that as a reminder to cut out any unnecessary stuff from your daily routine. Mundane things such as scrolling through your Facebook or Instagram feed can throw your schedule off if you unknowingly go overboard. So make sure to stick to your timetable! And also make sure to instill more discipline in your life.

2. Form healthy habits

Sleeping at fixed times every night is also beneficial to your health. Out body craves regularity, so staying up late cramming for exams won’t do your body any justice. Staying up past your bedtime almost always results in you feeling lethargic and drowsy the next day. So, stick to your bedtime, your body will thank you.

On a side note, eating or snacking late at night is totally going to mess up your metabolism and even make you gain weight. Girls who snack at night, beware! That’s why it’s also good to stop eating three hours before bed. Late night munchies may help you sleep better, but unless you want to gain an extra pound plus increase the risk of developing chronic diseases while you sleep, it’s generally a good idea to keep your hands away from your fridge.

3. No electronics before bed

This may seem like an impossible task, especially for university students who need to complete their assignments and do revision using their laptops or phones every night. I’m not saying you can’t use them, but keep them away one hour before bed everyday. Even though most smart phones these days are equipped with a blue light filter, it’s still just a filter. Blue light is still emitted through your phone screen, albeit in smaller amounts. You fall asleep quicker in a very dark room, so be sure to allot at least 1 hour before your bedtime where you put down your phone completely. Plus, is it too much to ask to give your eyes a break after staring at a digital screen for a whole day? You still need your eyes in the long run, so it’s better that you start caring for it from now on.

What doggo here says is true. People who study moderately but sleep more tend to remember more, unlike those who study a lot but sleep less. Now excuse me as I go catch some Z’s. Zzzzz.

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