Why College Students Need To Start Prioritizing Sleeping

Listen To Your Sleepy Body Because As A College Student You Should Start Prioritizing Sleep Schedules

Your studies will surely thank you for it.

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I came into college fully expecting to be sleep deprived for four years straight.

This is the culture we've come to perpetuate—college students don't sleep. It's not the worst reputation to have (nor is it our only one), but the expectancy of sleep deprivation before heading into undergrad should raise some red flags.

Why don't we sleep? Most point a finger at schoolwork. It's become a sort of status symbol to stay up until dawn, to take a nap in lieu of getting a night's rest or even to pull an all-nighter in the name of getting homework done.

And guess what? Our work and studies don't ever actually become less burdensome after prioritizing them oversleep.

Don't get me wrong, I fully understand staying up to meet a deadline. I've been there. What really hurts, however, are the late night cramming sessions right before an exam.

Unsurprisingly, sleep deprivation just makes focusing on things harder. When you're tired, you won't soak in information in the same way as you would if you were functioning on a healthy eight hours.

Second, our brain does a lot without you even knowing it. Like, a lot. Memory in particular benefits a great deal from what your brain does subconsciously—this includes the time when you're asleep.

Sleep itself is essential for the formation of long-term memories. This is what students should be going for! Through a process called consolidation, our memories are stabilized and sorted out so we can better access them when we need them. Recent studies have determined that consolidation runs at its best during slow-wave sleep (SWS), otherwise known as deep sleep. This means that to take full advantage of our brain's ability to consolidate our memories without us actually doing any extra work, we need this sleep.

In order to get more deep sleep, professionals have suggested two things. First—and I'm sorry about this one—people actually need to be getting an adequate amount of sleep! Besides this, professionals suggest aerobic exercise: jogging, cycling, and the like. For those who have trouble sleeping, it's best to keep the exercise earlier in the day.

There's nothing to scoff at when it comes to prioritizing your sleep schedule. By making sleep a priority, you also make memory retention a priority. Being a student is no joke, but neither is your night's rest.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Sometimes "Out With The Old In With The New" Isn't the Best thing

We can't lose touch of the simpler things in life

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When I think about how much has changed and how much my world has developed since I was little, I get mind boggled realizing how different things are. I work at a restaurant in the city that I grew up in and I see famillies come and go for dinner every night. They all seem the same. The parents will walk in, check in with the hostesses and wait to be seated. If they're asked to wait, the kids sit by their parents sides playing on phones that are probably too young to have. I understand that waiting can get tedious and boring. By the time that they would sit down, I'd imagine that they would put down the devices and engage in some good old fashion conversation. I was wrong. It made me sad to see kids eating dinners with their families with zero interaction. When I was younger, I enjoyed the quality conversations I would have with my family when we got breaks from our all very hectic schedules. It's amazing how much technology has advanced, but sometimes, I believe that we might rely on it too much.

Seems like more and more things are becoming industrialized. Those "mom and pop" shops are closing down due to corporate companies buying the land. I have enough Walmart and Targets in a ten minute radius from me. Sure, places like these carry necessities are important, but when local Nurseries are closed down in order to build a new gas station, it just becomes sad. As things progress more, the more we lose touch of our roots. The places that make home special and different. The moments we have as a kid that don't involve a light on our face. Modernism is a powerful and amazing thing but we need to take a step back and reevaluate what we hold closest to us.

All in all, as we continue to develop, I will continue to advocate for the simpler moments and the simpler times. I don't think my kids will need iPhones right out of elementary school, I'll continue to visit the same hometown shops and give them as much business as possible, I'll always ask if he kids want coloring sheets at the dinner table. Although these small things might not matter in our everyday new world, they matter to me. I will always try to have so much fun that I forget to document things with my phone. The laughter and memories without the technology present. Those are the moments worth remembering.

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