Stop Ignoring The Importance Of Getting A Good Night's Rest

Stop Sleeping On The Importance Of Getting A Good Night's Rest

It's almost as though we've universally accepted that sleep comes second to success. That is so not OK.


In the busy, fast-paced world we live in, it's become the norm to make sacrifices for the sake of productivity. We shorten the time we spend with loved ones, deprive ourselves of alone time and even put our health at risk in order to complete our to-do lists.

When put in those terms, it sounds unhealthy. And that's because it is.

Even more problematic is the fact that we have a tendency of sacrificing our health first — specifically, our rest. How many times have you heard an overwhelmed college student brag about the fact that they pulled an all-nighter to finish their term paper? How many times have you heard the expression "I'll sleep when I'm dead?"

And it's not just college students who do this. Plenty of teenagers and adults throw their sleep on the chopping block, whether it's to get some more work done or finish homework assignments.

It's almost as though we've universally accepted that sleep comes second to success. That is so not OK.

Though most of us can get by on just a little sleep, shortening our hours of rest is harming our long-term health. Research has shown that getting less than the recommended amount of sleep can shorten one's lifespan. And no, you actually can't make up for it another night.

And a lack of sleep doesn't just affect your physical health. It messes with your mental health, too.

With all that in mind, we really need to stop sleeping on the importance of getting a full night of rest. The work you need to do will be there tomorrow. But if you don't start getting some shut-eye, the same can't necessarily be said for you.

So, make a vow that you'll start prioritizing your sleep. Take your body more seriously than the work you need to do. There will be other projects and other opportunities, but you'll never have another body. Give yours some rest.

You'll thank yourself for it later.

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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.

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10 Things Every College Kid Does, Chronically, At The Doctors Appointments

You may be 20, but the thought of going to the doctors still seems really scary...


If you're anything like me, the college was probably one of the first times that you've gone to the doctor's office without a parent. My whole life, I've always gone with my mom. She usually took care of all the paperwork and probably knew my medical history better than I do.

Now that I've gone to the doctors alone a few time, here's a list of things that I've done while at the doctors (and I'm sure you have too.).

1. Procrastinate making an appointment.

Regardless of if I have to do it over the phone, online, in person, etc., I have a bad habit of not scheduling the appointment immediately. We all know that it would probably be way easier to just say "I'll schedule it later," but sometimes later turns into 6 months later and 10 different reminders, ranging from texts to passive-aggressive postcards.

2. Show up wayyyyy too early for said appointment.

Well, at least you aren't late, but there aren't exactly many perks to being early either. For starters, you're in the waiting room for longer than you'd like, where half of the people there should probably wear a mask but for some reason, choose not to. Hopefully, the magazines are current, and by current, I mean from the last five years...

3. Show up "too late".

You get to the office five minutes late and the receptionist tells you you're late. She says one of the following things, "Oh sorry sweetie, you're just going to have to reschedule." or "We'll squeeze you in at the next possible slot."

4. Been confused by the paperwork

At this point, I always wish that my mom was with me to help me out. Not only are you expected to fill up a fat stack of paperwork, reading all of it is a challenge. As a college student, I feel pretty confident in my ability to read, but it seems like medical paperwork just sounds foreign to me.

5. Fumbled with your stuff once your name is called.

This just might be a "me" thing, but whenever I hear my name being called, I always feel the urge to rush. It's like someone set a timer and I guess maybe I'm scared of wasting the doctors time?

6. Sit down on the bed and get self conscious when the protective paper starts to crinkle.

No matter how much you try to stay still, that paper is going to be as loud as a truck on a gravel road. So just move about as much as you want! Your experience at the doctor's office is supposed to be as comfortable as possible. No one's going to judge you for it.

7. Once the doctor or nurse starts asking you questions, your mind goes blank

You forget what you're there for in the first place. You don't remember what kinds of vitamins and medication you take on a daily basis. In the amount of time you've sat there and said "uhhhhh…" they've probably just put 'N/A' and moved on. Alternatively, you tell them about the one time you used a Hello Kitty Band-Aid when you were 5 years old when they ask you if you've had any recent injuries.

8. Attempt to read the doctors handwriting and failed.

No matter how much you squint or tilt your head, no non-medical person is going to know what your doctors note says.

9. Get nervous once they bring out your immunizations

This is another time where I wish that my mom was there with me. I'm not too scared of needles, but just the thought of the whole process makes my hands a bit clammy. It definitely helps to look away.

10. Debated about asking for something out of the prize drawer on the way out. 

Yes, you're too old and yes, I know that sparkly slap bracelet looks really cool. On the bright side, at least you can eat as much ice cream as you want once you leave!

The doctor's office is still an intimidating place and it sucks to have to take off time from school or work just to go, but it's really crucial to get checked out by a doctor! Too many adults skip out on going to see their doctor but making sure that you're healthy, especially in college, is crucial. Hopefully, after reading this, you pick up the phone and schedule that long overdue doctors appointment!

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