Prioritize Sleep Over Studying

Prioritize Sleep Over Studying

Planning ahead and sleep should be put first over cramming this finals season.


Sleep is essential for functioning, yet hard to come by, especially when it's midnight and you have a final at 8 a.m. that, cough cough, you didn't study much for, slash didn't start studying for. Or maybe you have, but pre-finals nerves are keeping you from resting well. Whatever the barrier might be, many college students suffer from sleep deprivation.

A good night's rest does much more besides allowing you to stay awake throughout the day. A good night's sleep has been proven to greatly improve memory and concentration as well as general mood and health. Grades, health, and physical appearance are all areas that are heavily impacted by the amount of sleep obtained. For the average college student, this means 8-10 hours of sleep a night, according to the American Sleep Association.

Getting a few more hours' shut-eye is far more beneficial to your grade than a few more hours of cramming, as research has proven time and time again. So what can you do to maximize the time you spend asleep? The importance of studying in advance cannot be overstated: procrastination often leads to desperate cramming of a semester's worth of academic content, most of which will end up being forgotten. The night before the exam is much better spent asleep than awake. That means starting to studying at least a few days before the day of the exam, but ideally spreading out studying over a week prior to the test. And if worst comes to worst, just try not to pull an all-nighter. Those are the worst for your health, and will completely throw you off.

As tough as it may be, try keeping away from Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. Entire hours can drain away once you open up those enticing apps. There goes 2 hours worth of studying or exercising, or most importantly, hours that may enhance a great night's sleep. To abstain from the allure of social media, try turning off notifications from those apps temporarily and keeping your phone out of sight while you study.

One way to help ensure sleep time is to plan out the time that you'll dedicate to spending asleep. Being specific is a good way to plan your schedule around this time. By setting aside time for sleep before starting to study, you may be more likely to stick to the plan rather than just study until you feel tired. If you feel tired and sleepy, listen to your body and get some rest. Straining yourself even when your body is sending you alarm signals is detrimental to your health. Because one's mental state and physical state are interconnected, letting yourself sleep when you feel tired can greatly improve your performance come exam day.

Last but not least, keep in mind that finals are NOT life-or-death. Regardless of how they go, life goes on and your grades are not an indicator of how well you are doing at life. So don't let those worries and fears keep you from sleep. Rest assured, finals are not the final say.

Popular Right Now

A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.

Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

Cover Image Credit: Tanveer Naseer

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

The Nike Controversy that Makes no Sense

Nike has been facing backlash recently, for reasons I just cannot understand.


Nike recently released a plus sized workout clothing line, equipped with beautiful plus size mannequins to advertise their brand. Instead of many in the fitness community rejoicing in this milestone, Nike is facing criticism because people believe that Nike is portraying unhealthy weight standards to their customers.

These individuals believe that the size that is portrayed by Nike's mannequins is obese, and as a result, is telling others that being a size like that is okay. Yet, the mannequins that are usually portrayed in Nike's stores, rarely represent body types of real people.

As I read these comments, I thought to myself – are these people crazy? Think about the men and women who have spent months, maybe even years, trying to lose enough weight just to fit into Nike's plus sized brand! As well, bigger women deserve clothes to work out in. It should not matter if they are "obese" they are working towards a healthier lifestyle.

The backlash being faced by Nike is the mentality that prevents many from even joining a gym. I can completely understand the fear an individual experiences when entering the gym, surrounded by people who look like fitness gods, and you feel like everybody is judging you. As if you do not belong in a gym.

I will never understand how creating more barriers for individuals will motivate others to exercise. In my own opinion, attractive workout clothes are more than enough to motivate me to get to the gym!

Do not let the mentality of fat-shaming, and others fear of a little jiggle prevent you from flaunting Nike's new style, and creating a healthier lifestyle for you

Related Content

Facebook Comments