I don’t have anything against hard work – but it’s critical to consider the consequences of our choices. When you protect the quality of your sleep, you set yourself up for better health, better mood, better focus. And – likely – better grades.
How might you do this:
- be realistic about how much you can take on at any given time
- be prepared to drop a course if you get behind, and are sacrificing health to catch up
- use personal and school resources to study efficiently when you’re not exhausted
- set limits with friends & family to minimize interruptions, if needed
Have a great semester!
What other ideas help you study without getting overextended? Post a comment.
Sacrificing sleep to study can lead to academic problems
Protecting your sleep environment, and practicing good sleep hygiene is critical to your overall health. Take time to learn more about this vital asset.
Sleep Deficit Can Lead to High Anxiety:
Technology has provided researchers with physical evidence of how sleep deprivation can lead to anxiety. Investigators say their findings show that sleep loss markedly exaggerates the degree to which we anticipate impending emotional events. This overreaction often occurs among highly anxious people, making them especially vulnerable. Experts say that two common features of anxiety disorders are sleep loss and an amplification of emotional response. Findings from this new study suggest that these features may not be independent of one another but may interact instead.
“Our results suggest that just one night of sleep loss significantly alters the optimal functioning of this essential brain process, especially among anxious individuals. This is perhaps never more relevant considering the continued erosion of sleep time that continues to occur across society.”
Source: American Academy of Sleep Medicine