(If I’m melodramatic today, I blame Chateaubriand. #EnglishMajorProbs)
As if life wasn’t cruel enough, my internship supervisor made me write a blog post about why sleep is important. Me. A college student. An over-achieving college student. Yeah, not cool.
Anyway, I did all this research (translation: I googled it and read blog posts) and found out that sleep deprivation is horrible. Like, kill you horrible. Great. So I’m super productive, but probably dying sooner. Oh, and probably not that productive–it’s proven to ruin grades and athletic performance.
And sleeping in on the weekends doesn’t really help–it actually throws off your circadian rhythm (use that phrase in everyday conversation!) and makes you more groggy. There goes that plan.
I was already ahead on homework for the week (light week before death), so I decided to give this sleep thing a try. Obviously, there are constraints–I have required meetings at 10:30 at night, I scheduled 8 am classes and work shifts, no time for naps. But I’m consistently getting about an hour more sleep. And more than that on the weekends.
And this crazy thing happened. I’m happier. I’m more motivated. I’m more energetic and animated. I work better–because I’m not falling asleep on my textbooks. My brain feels less fuzzy (and yes, that’s completely scientific).
I really don’t want to make this sound too much like a cheap advertisement, but guys! College normally feels like “shoot me I’m so tired please when can I sleep.” I wake up grumpy and fall into bed at 12:30 exhausted. I fall asleep in choir, for goodness sake!
And now you’re thinking, “Well yippee for you, but I could never do that with MY schedule.” Ok, I can’t see your life, but to be honest, I kind of doubt that. The conclusion of my research (and personal experience) is that sleep is worth rearranging your life. Dropping an activity or some free time is completely worth the physical and emotional benefits of sleeping a reasonable amount.
For more on scheduling, look for an upcoming post about time management and productivity!
Are you a fan of sleep? Seeing positive or negative effects on your life from sleeping too little/much? Hated college sleep deprivation? Tell me about it!