Why do we need sleep?
Sleep is a very important part of your health and wellness. Sufficient sleep not only helps our bodies function properly it promotes overall health/wellness. It restores our energy, fights off illness and fatigue by strengthening our immune system, helps us think more clearly and creatively, strengthens memory and produces a more positive mood and better performance throughout the day. Sleep is the #1 biological process that the brain requires to maintain optimal performance. Adequate sleep requires TIME and unfortunately sleep is typically the first item sacrificed in a time crunch. As a society we need to transform the idea that "sleep is a waste of my time” to the idea that “sleep is critical to my performance".
How much sleep do we need?
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adults need 7 or more hours per night. Different people need different amount of sleep to feel rested. If you are frequently tired or irritable during the day and find yourself sleeping more than an extra 2 hours per night on weekends, then you are probably not getting enough sleep during the week. Try for 7-8 hours and see how you feel.
Sleep and Academic Performance
According to a health survey administered to a random sample of FSU students every year, coming in at #3 FSU students reported that a lack of sleep has impacted their academic performance in a negative way. Lack of sleep for college students can lead to lower grades, missing class, not meeting deadlines or not turning in work. Some students rely on staying up most of the night to study, but pulling an all-nighter and cramming at the last minute can actually be counterproductive.
Benefits of a proper Night's Rest
Getting a good night’s sleep can help students feel like they can tackle everything on their plate. There are many other reason why college students should get enough sleep
- Improved grades
- Better memory
- Lowered risk of obesity
- Decrease chances of getting sick
- Improved mood
- National Sleep Foundation Sleep Diary
- Mindfulness Exercises for Sleep and Relaxation
- Your Guide to Healthy Sleep