First Impression Post 8 (week 9)

ollege students are often heavily sleep deprived as they sacrifice sleep in order to study, work, and/or have a social life in addition to their academic commitments. Assess your current sleep habits and how healthy you think they are. What is a realistic goal for amount of sleep per night for a college student and how can you improve your sleep habits?

I know for a fact that my current sleep habits are very unhealthy. Almost every night I do not get the “recommended” adequate sleep of 6-8 hours. I always stay up super late, and sleep in a lot too. I usually get about 3-5 hours of sleep a night (which is horrible). I feel that a realistic goal for a college student should at least be 5-6 hours, I know many college students spend a lot of their night’s up late doing school work (like me) so I feel like a very realistic goal is 5 hours a night depending on the work load. I think one way I could improve my sleep Is getting my work done during the day or get my work done the small amounts of time I have in between classes.

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2 thoughts on “First Impression Post 8 (week 9)

  1. I agree with how you talk about staying up all the time, because I know you do, and I stay up late a lot too. In fact, for the first two weeks of freshman year I don’t think I was in my room before 2 A.M. So, staying up late has been a problem for me for quite some time. I definitely messed with my circadian rhythm a little. The circadian rhythm is almost like your body’s clock, better defined as a cycle regulating sleep. Don’t give up on yourself and your health, though. Definitely take your own recommendation and do your work earlier in the day. Or, if you do wait till almost bed to do homework, make sure you are sleeping in some interval of 90 minutes. This reduces your chance of disrupting your sleep cycle, and increases your chance of waking up during an early sleep stage. Waking in early sleep stages, makes you less groggy and tired when you wake up. Maybe try breaking up your work between different days in the week, so you aren’t doing it all at once. Using a daily planner can help plan things out, unless you’re like me, who makes a plan then doesn’t follow it half the time.
    Exploring Psychology, by David G. Myers and C. Nathan DeWall, Worth Publishers, Macmillan Learning, 2016.

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  2. I agree that many college students get sleep deprived because they sacrifice sleep in order to study, work or have social life. While more time might be needed to accomplish these things, time for sleep should not be cut off of just for these reasons. Otherwise, students will not be able to function at their best in terms of their academics.

    I think that it is a good thing that you are planning on how to get more sleep, but remember, the amount of sleep people need varies from person to person. To find out how much sleep you really should be getting, try some of the methods we discussed in class. Maybe for one week, get up at the same time every morning and note when you begin to feel tried in the days. If you get tried earlier in the day, you might need to sleep longer. This method will tell you how much sleep you need.

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