As an adult it is so easy to get consumed with work, school and just life itself that you neglect the No. 1 thing that can refresh your body to conquer each day, which is SLEEP! Getting enough sleep is important for a few obvious reasons, which include making you feel better physically and emotionally, boosting your health and helping with memory retention.
So the question you should ask yourself is are you getting enough sleep?
Below is a chart, which shows the amount of hours you should get based on your age.
What are some consequences to insufficient sleep?
Short-term consequences include:
- Ability to learn & retain info
- An increase in the risk of serious accidents/injuries
Long-term consequences include:
- Health problems (obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even DEATH)
So how do I get better sleep? (I’m glad you asked)
- Create a sleep schedule & stick to it
Get organized in your daily life. The best way to assure that you go to bed at the same time every night is by being productive during the day. Make notes to yourself and get a planner to stay on task, so you are not frantically trying to get tasks done when you should be preparing for bed. We live in a technological world, so use your smart phone to set alarms to help you stay on track.
2. Put books & homework away at least 30 minutes to a hour before bed
This includes your other devices, too. Studies have shown that if you don’t use electronic devices 30 minutes to a hour prior to going to bed you will fall asleep faster.
3. Skip alcohol before bed & watch caffeine intake
Going to sleep buzzed from a night out might make you feel like you can fall asleep faster, but it actually increases your risk of disrupted sleep. Drinking too much caffeine can give you a coffee buzz, which will leave you feeling restless.
4. Don’t pull all-nighters
Don’t procrastinate; map out study plans over the course of the semester.
5. Take naps
A 20 minute Power Nap goes a long way; it helps you recover in order to conquer the day.
Sleep helps with your overall wellness
Sleep –> Improve memory –> which sharpens attention to retain info –> SUCCESS
Getting enough sleep plays an important role in your academic & career success.