Importance Of Sleep For College Students

Importance Of Sleep For College Students

Just some reasons why sleep is important.
Brian Wu
Brian Wu
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If you're in college, then you'll for sure experience sleep deprivation. It's pretty common for college students to lose some hours of sleep for so many reasons, from studying to partying to hanging out to Leaguing (League of Legends, and there are a lot of people who do this, surprisingly enough). The problem with all this is that some people will get as little as fives hours of sleep to two hours of sleep or sometimes no sleep. This is EXTREMELY unhealthy. Sleep is very important.

1. Sleep helps you get through the next day. The average healthy amount of sleep for college age students is seven to nine hours of sleep. If you manage to sleep within this bracket, you will feel more rejuvenated and less sluggish the following morning. The purpose of sleep is to allow your mind and body to rest and recharge, like a battery.

2. Sleep helps you cut. If anyone out there is cutting or trying to lose weight, you need to be sleeping within the bracket. We burn calories when we sleep. If you sleep for more hours, you burn more calories. This sounds great but don't make the mistake that sleeping a lot more hours is better for you. No, sleeping too much is worse for you. Just like how your body needs to sleep and recharge, it also needs to move around and gets some stimulation. Think of your body as if it were a machine. It needs rest and to recharge, but if it doesn't run and just sits and collects dust, it'll deteriorate.

3. Sleep will help you study, take tests, and do homework better. Like I said before, your body requires recharge or else you start to feel the effects of sleep deprivation. If you sleep a healthy amount of hours you'll be able to focus on studying more, take tests with more attention, and do homework with more motivation. All three of these tasks need energy to perform, both mental and physical. If you're sleep deprived, your brain will be divert some of your focus to wanting to sleep and recharge rather than doing homework or taking your quiz. Therefore, you'll have a higher chance of falling asleep during these tasks. Even if you're pushing through off of caffeine, that will only go so far.

Sleep is very important for everyone, especially college students, yet so many students don't get the ideal number of sleep. The pros to getting enough sleep is greater than the cons, if there even is any. I guess opportunity cost plays a very big factor on the decision of how much to sleep, but when it comes down to it, the opportunity cost is mostly for your own health.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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In Real Life, 'Plus Size' Means A Size 16 And Up, Not Just Women Who Are Size 8's With Big Breasts

The media needs to understand this, and give recognition to actual plus-size women.

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Recently, a British reality dating TV show called "Love Island" introduced that a plus-sized model would be in the season five lineup of contestants. This decision was made after the show was called out for not having enough diversity in its contestants. However, the internet was quick to point out that this "plus-size model" is not an accurate representation of the plus-size community.


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It is so frustrating that the media picks and chooses women that are the "ideal" version of plus sized. In the fashion world, plus-size starts at size 8. EIGHT. In real life, plus-size women are women who are size 16 and up. Plunkett Research, a marketing research company, estimated in 2018 that 68% of women in America wear a size 16 to 18. This is a vast difference to what we are being told by the media. Just because a woman is curvy and has big breasts, does NOT mean that they are plus size. Marketing teams for television shows, magazines, and other forms of media need to realize that the industry's idea of plus size is not proportionate to reality.

I am all for inclusion, but I also recognize that in order for inclusion to actually happen, it needs to be accurate.

"Love Island" is not the only culprit of being unrealistic in woman's sizes, and I don't fully blame them for this choice. I think this is a perfect example of the unrealistic expectations that our society puts on women. When the media tells the world that expectations are vastly different from reality, it causes women to internalize that message and compare themselves to these unrealistic standards.

By bringing the truth to the public, it allows women to know that they should not compare themselves and feel bad about themselves. Everyone is beautiful. Picking and choosing the "ideal" woman or the "ideal" plus-size woman is completely deceitful. We as a society need to do better.

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