As I head into the second half of my second semester of college, I would have to say that my sleeping habits have not yet become unhealthy.  I try to get at least seven or eight hours of sleep each night or even take twenty-minute naps during the day.  I would say this is a good, healthy amount of sleep for a student in college. However, since I do not have an 8am class this semester, I find that I am going to sleep much later and waking up later.  Even on the weekends, I find myself not wanting to get out of bed until about noon because my body has become used to sleeping in that late during the week.  Now I am uncertain how I managed to get up for my 8am every other day during the week last semester or how I managed to wake up at 6:30am everyday last year.  Of course, it only seems unmanageable now because I am going to sleep much later than I was when I had to get up at those earlier times.  

A realistic goal for amount of sleep per night for a college student should be at least eight hours.  This allows the brain enough time to process everything that a student studied and learned the day before.  To improve my sleeping habits, I want to start going to bed earlier and getting up earlier in order to get more done during the morning and early afternoon.  I can achieve this by putting my phone down earlier in the evening and staying away from sugars and caffeine during the second half of the day.     


One thought on “Sleep

  1. Emily-I think you make several great points in this post! I completely agree that 8 hours is very manageable for a college student and is necessary for their success to both remember newly obtained information throughout the day and to be able to function well in classes and on exams. I also agree that in college it is easy to switch the time frame you get those 8 hours of sleep based on your class schedule when you said going to bed late but waking up late vs. going to bed early and waking up early. In addition, you had a great point with staying away from caffeine in the second half of the day because it definitely is easy to consume a lot of coffee or tea during the day to stay alert and awake, but this can cause trouble in falling asleep later at night.


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