We have the best recommendation that you have always wanted to hear. Want to succeed at school? Or even just at life? Take a nap.
After fainting from exhaustion, Arianna Huffington shares in this TED talk about the power of a good night’s sleep. There are tons of talks and studies about how much sleep improves your daily functions so we are here to make sure you get the message. Getting ample amounts of frequent sleep is a proven way to improve your studies, decision making and productivity. Here’s why and how you can do it too.
Affects Memory and Learning Capabilities
Two types of memory, procedural (how to do something) and declarative (what something is) are dependant upon completing solid REM and non-REM sleep cycles. This is the kind of sleeping that happens over longer periods of time (as in the recommended six to eight hours per night). Memories are made, not born, and losing sleep can harm your ability to form memories.
Stressed and Sick
This research has linked skipping out on sleep to increased stress hormones and weakened immune function. The study even concludes that napping can help relieve stress and “bolster the immune system.” Not only can you become sick short-term, but also the chronic lack of sleep can result in health conditions such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, depression and stroke.
Snooze & Detox
A study from the University of Rochester found that when you sleep your brain removes toxic proteins from its neurons that are by-products of brain activity when you are awake. Your brain can only remove these toxins when you are asleep, meaning if you don’t sleep they stick around and impair your ability to think correctly.
Here are some tips for getting more sleep:
– Time management
– No screens before bedtime
– Avoid caffeine after lunch (Caffeine can last for five to eight hours!)
– Short, restorative naps (10-30 minute max)
– Consistency is key — try to keep bedtime and wake up time the same.
So there you have it! If you want to be a happier and healthier student, take a nap and make sure you get a full night’s sleep. Sleep should be a top priority in your daily routine. At South College, we want our students to be healthy, while learning to balance busy schedules and school work. Interested in becoming part of the South College family? Contact us today! We will be happy to answer your questions.