Sleep Is More Important Than You Think

Sleep Is More Important Than You Think

When your mind and body are tired, you won't function the way you would while feeling rested.


If you're anything like me and have a lot of trouble sleeping at night, you need to find healthy ways to relax. My biggest issue is that if I don't go to bed extremely tired, I start thinking and the thoughts do not stop, no matter what I try to do. Since I started college, I've had to put a TV show on Netflix in the background to fall asleep. I usually watch something like Friends or another show I've watched about a million times so that I don't get too distracted by it but I distract my thoughts enough to relax and sleep eventually.

I've found that lately, even that doesn't work. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmingly stressed out that I simply cannot sleep. My eyes refuse to grow heavy, my heartbeat stays elevated, and my muscles remain tense. It's not a good feeling to have especially the night before a big event, or a class you have to get up early for.

People aren't aware of all the negative things not sleeping can do to a person's body. Sleeping badly can do a lot of damage as well. Symptoms can range from muscle pain to trouble focusing and memory loss. Sleep is so important yet so underrated in our society.

As students, we work so hard in school and need to rest, but sometimes our bodies won't allow us to get that well-deserved rest because we are still in stress mode. Relaxing and taking my mind off of issues is hard. It's so hard for me to just let things go and fall asleep. I don't think about the stress I am putting my body under until I wake up and feel awful and moody all day long. When this happens consistently, it can really take a toll on life in general.

I haven't been sleeping well. I have too much on my mind, so much that I forget things. I have lapses in memory sometimes. I have muscle pain everywhere even when I don't work out. My head hurts almost daily, I feel lightheaded and my mood changes quickly.

Those are just some of the symptoms I've noticed since my sleeping habits have deteriorated. I have been working on getting a good sleep schedule again. I've been listening to sleep meditation and muscle relaxation videos at night to fall asleep.
I have found these things to help tremendously. If you are having issues with sleep, before resorting to any type of medication, try to watch videos like these. They help you focus on your breathing and relaxing your muscles so that you can sleep and stop thinking about all the issues that exist in the world. Take care of yourself, stay hydrated, stay healthy, and rest easy!

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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ADC Mistakes That League Of Legends Players Keep Making

Attack Damage Carry (ADC), it's not that hard...


Dear League of Legends players whose main role is ADC (Attack Damage Carry), try these tips in order to become a better player.

1. Use your trinket.

It should be slightly apparent since all roles come with two free wards. Do not rely too much on your support toward the jungle or possible ganking spots. A lot of ADC players depend too much on their support toward but they shouldn't. What if the support disconnect or what if the support does not have enough wards? It's never too much toward.

2. Over-pushing or overextending.

Over-pushing or overextending when you do not know where the enemy team bot lane is, or their jungler makes it very risky for you to die. If you're alone just push the way to the middle and leave some alive and go back to base to buy new items. If your support is around, make sure you have the try bushes near the river warded. It is also good if your jungler is around to help you get the turret.

3. Target their support.

Most ADC's and support are squishy. If you want an 'easy' kill, focus on their support (as long as they are not tanky) when you are ready to fight them. The same thing when they jump on you, focus on the support because they are the ones keeping their ADC alive. It may not be easy, with their ADC attacking you, it should help you survive (hopefully).

4. Stand behind your tanks.

ADC's are squishy. Quick to die but do a lot of damage. ADC's should stand behind their tanks because they have the range to attack the enemy from the safety of the back lines were the tanks can take the damage for you. It's a common mistake with new ADC's player to be in the front line attacking the enemy tanks when they should be in the back line attacking their support and ADC's first then jungler then their tanks.

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