Why Sleep Is Important

Why Sleep Is Important

The value of getting to bed sooner

We’ve all heard the expression “School comes first.” This is true, but even before school comes sleep. Sleep is essential to your everyday life. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to function. Sometimes sleep takes the back seat to homework or hanging with friends. I sometimes even procrastinate going to sleep, because it’s hard to wind down at night. My bedtime in high school was 10 p.m. At college, I’m lucky if I’m in bed before three. Like you, I need to make sleep a priority! Sleep is essential because:

You are more motivated.

When you go to bed at a reasonable time, you wake up the next morning with more energy. This energy will give you fuel throughout the day. Forget morning coffee, with a good eight hours of sleep, you don’t have to rely on caffeine. With this drive, you can give your tasks and responsibilities 100% throughout the whole day.

You are more productive with sleep.

The sooner you get into bed, the earlier your body will feel rested and cause you to wake up. Waking up earlier will give you more time in a day. You can make it to the dining hall before lunchtime. You won’t miss breakfast being served. Also, you can have more time in the morning to complete homework before class instead of rushing around and fitting it in your schedule throughout your busy day.

You are in a better mood after a good night’s rest.

The same way a rainy day puts you in a gloomy mood, lack of sleep does this too. I know when I’m tired I feel irritable, and all I want to do is go back to my dorm. As a result, this makes you less social and friendly. When you’re feeling wide-awake, you are happier. Increase your mood by getting more rest.

You look better after sleeping well.

When you’re tired, you can usually tell. Your eyes are puffy, red, and have dark circles. Your skin isn’t as fresh, and usually you don’t have the strength to look presentable. Spending a little extra time to do your makeup or hair and picking out a nice outfit makes all the difference in the world. You will be able to walk around campus with your head held high, looking and sounding like a rock star.

You feel better.

You know the feeling after an amazing slumber? You’ve had a few dreams you can remember, and you wake up with a stretch and a sigh. You roll over with a smile and are ready to start your day. Imagine waking up like this all the time. It will change your entire attitude, starting your day right everyday.

My advice is to get your work done, don’t procrastinate, manage your time, and say “no” to going out sometimes. After all, you’re health is top priority. Once you start to do these things, you will feel and look a lot better. Good luck!

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You Are What You Eat, You Are What You Read

“Would many choices be better than limited choices?”

Every day, choosing what to wear and what to eat are hard tasks. And if there is no satisfactory clothing and location that bump into mind, we may feel uncomfortable with the clothing we wear for the day, and there is a possibility for us to skip the meal, though sometimes the hunger holds.

Once I saw a friend posting “When would our hesitation of deciding what to wear and what to eat come to an end?”, a normal and typical complain of our mundane life. For no reason, I started thinking, when and how would this “problem” resolve itself? Sure, I was very curious about the answer as well.

Later, I have arrived at two answers. The positive one would be that we know exactly what we want to wear and eat, though there are many choices ahead, we would directly choose the one that is in mind, without hesitation. While the negative one would be, there is only one choice hanging, that we have no other choice.

I was terrified of the answers immediately.

Washington D.C. is a small city geographically, but as the capital, D.C. provides us multiple choices over many spectrums of our lives – internships, sightseeing sights, museums, National Mall, etc. Just like the difficulty posted earlier, we have too many choices.

“Would many choices be better than limited choices?” I guess this is the real question behind my friend's complains.

Normally, we believe more options are better than less, then the core of the question comes into the person:

What do you want?

Who do you want to be?

And all I can think of are:

You are what you eat.

You are what you read.

We probably arrived at this philosophical question about what is contained in our bodies? Physically, the food we eat largely determines our health conditions. As most of us pursue our lives to be healthy, we have created a healthy diet, which introduced the better eating styles with a certain percentage of specific kinds of food. In this case, "eating" not only represents a mere action, it also determines our lifestyles and the physical appearance of ourselves.

Outside of physical health, mental health is the other very important category for people in this time era to take good care of. And the easiest way to build up our mental stability is to read, so we can learn more about the world and then to understand ourselves.

Eating and reading are the two inseparable parts of our daily lives, and to be more alive, continuing the two actions and trying to do our best in the two categories should be our goal of living. Because we know, they are the paths to the future we desire.

We are what we eat, and we are what we read.

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