Chapter 3: Sleep Option 2

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Many college students think they get enough sleep, but being one I can say that we end up not getting enough. When put on a time schedule some students can adjust and get more sleep than others, but give some people the freedom and they will stay up till 6 am the next day doing different things like studying, doing homework, playing video games, watching Netflix/YouTube or doing other things they enjoy.  This affects how those students will perform in class and other tasks they do the following day. They could fall asleep during class or just space out during and not paying attention to the lecture.

Looking at my own sleeping habits, I know I can improve on it. I spend time in the evening doing some homework I know I can finish in an hour or so. Depending on the assignment it might take hours over multiple days our many hours in an evening. I’ve completed some assignments in the earlier morning and still wake up for my classes the next day.  I feel fine for the first few hours, but after some time I start to get drowsy. I need to fall asleep before 1 am so I can function without needing to drink soda or get up for a stretch during class. If I can improve this and make sure I stick to it, I’ll feel better and be more productive during the day and sleep better at night.

Sleep-Option 2

--Original published at Bailey PSY 105 Blog

My sleep habits are generally not very healthy. On weeknights, I usually go to bed between 1 am and 2 am every day, and on weekends I am rarely in bed before 4 am. I was very lucky with my class schedule, and do not have to wake up until either 9 am or 11:15 am unless there is a conflict with sports. Playing a sport, my free time as well as my time to do homework is very limited and because of this it can be hard to go to sleep before midnight. My roommate is in the same situation, and though she often goes to bed an hour or two before me, she hasn’t been able to be in bed before midnight since we started college. I don’t think that these sleep habits are healthy, because I am constantly tired throughout my day. I think that a realistic amount of sleep for a college student is between 8 and 9 hours of sleep per night. In order to improve my sleep habits, I could turn my TV or Netflix off and put my phone away earlier in order to try and relax more quickly. I could also set myself up with a routine before I go to bed (something like reading a chapter of a book or journaling about my day) so that my brain and body knows when it is time to relax and start shutting down.

Chapter 3 First Impression Sleep

--Original published at David's Blog

For this weeks first impression post I decide to go with the second prompt about college students sleep habits. It’s well know that college kids have terrible sleep habits, they have bad habits for multiple reasons. Some of the main factors could be late night studying or cramming in work thats due the next day for there classes. Other reasons unrelated to classes could be attempts to socialize or do other personal activities for fun. It can some times be stressful for college kids when there in college so its nice to do somethings that make you happy, but sometimes this comes at the price of lack of sleep.

I believe college students should try and get at least eight hours of sleep. When thinking of my own sleep habits I’d say I don’t have the best or the worst sleep habits. after college I g to my job that last until 9:30 at night so by the time I finally get home its almost ten at night. This leaves me little time for school work but I still get it done regardless. I also find myself staying up to play games and talk to friends to relive the stress of college and work. But doing this cuts into my sleep schedule which can be problematic.

There are different ways which I could improve my sleep schedule. One way is to do better planing of my days, like do class work as soon as possible and not wait last minute for it to pile up. Another big factor that would help would be to lessen my video game use at night. If I can work on these my sleep should improve greatly.

Chapter 3 Impression Post Option 2

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Many college students have the battle or struggle of getting a good nights sleep every night due to having immense amounts of work, endless hours of studying for exams, and trying to fit in hanging with friends, etc on a daily basis. My sleep habits are changing each and every day. One night, I will go to sleep at a reasonable time getting 7-8 hours of sleep. Other nights I struggle to go to sleep and will only get about 5-6 hours of sleep which is not good. This all depends on my schedule for the day, depending on if I have lacrosse practice/lifting, large amounts of work etc. Many factors play into the deciding factor on how late or early I will be going to sleep. I believe that my sleep schedule is not as healthy as it possibly could be, and the way to change that is by getting my work done earlier in the day and working ahead so I don’t have to worry about doing work during the late night. Also, it is said to be healthy to get 8 hours of sleep per night, I need to adjust my schedule to make sure I get 8 hours or more of sleep per night. The average college student should be achieving 8 hours of sleep per night, as this has been scientifically proven to be the required amount of sleep considered “healthy”. Some ways I am going to improve my sleep habits is by limiting the amount of naps I take, and being careful of when I take them because that is most likely what is keeping me up so late as well. Also, I will try to start getting into a certain rhythm with my sleep meaning that I will try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day so my body adjusts to it. Overall, I think it will be fairly easy to improve my sleep schedule and change my bad habits into good ones.

Chapter 3 Sleep

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College students are often sleep deprived because they are up all night studying or at practice if they are an athlete. Balancing homework, athletics, social life, and sleep is difficult for college students. This often leads them to be sleep deprived and making their way through the days on a cup of coffee. I find my sleep schedule to be very messed up and not healthy. Ill be up until 1:00-2:00 every night doing work because throughout the day I have class and practice so I don’t find the time to do my work until 10:00 some nights. After going to bed at such an ungodly hour, I must wake up at 9:00 three days a week and twice a week, luckily I can sleep until 10:30 because of my class schedule. This is still not healthy though.

I think a smart goal for college students is to try to 9-10 hours of sleep every night because they must be fully functioning and wide awake for their hard day ahead of them. Although this is a smart goal, it is not a realistic goal. A realistic goal is about 7 1/2-8. This isn’t the healthiest goal, but it is the most realistic due to all the other stuff college students must balance. It is better than 3-4 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is good for the brain, and it is most important to study right before you fall asleep so your brain can process the information while you sleep. That is why I do my homework and studying before I go to sleep, although I should not be up as late because that is not necessarily good for the brain and memory.

Sleep is very important for our health and our brain. In order to be successful throughout our days we need sleep. Especially college students, because college is more stressful than anything to our bodies and our brain due to the amount of stuff we must balance.

Chapter 3 Sleep

--Original published at Rachelsblog

College students are often sleep deprived because they are up all night studying or at practice if they are an athlete. Balancing homework, athletics, social life, and sleep is difficult for college students. This often leads them to be sleep deprived and making their way through the days on a cup of coffee. I find my sleep schedule to be very messed up and not healthy. Ill be up until 1:00-2:00 every night doing work because throughout the day I have class and practice so I don’t find the time to do my work until 10:00 some nights. After going to bed at such an ungodly hour, I must wake up at 9:00 three days a week and twice a week, luckily I can sleep until 10:30 because of my class schedule. This is still not healthy though.

I think a smart goal for college students is to try to 9-10 hours of sleep every night because they must be fully functioning and wide awake for their hard day ahead of them. Although this is a smart goal, it is not a realistic goal. A realistic goal is about 7 1/2-8. This isn’t the healthiest goal, but it is the most realistic due to all the other stuff college students must balance. It is better than 3-4 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is good for the brain, and it is most important to study right before you fall asleep so your brain can process the information while you sleep. That is why I do my homework and studying before I go to sleep, although I should not be up as late because that is not necessarily good for the brain and memory.

Sleep is very important for our health and our brain. In order to be successful throughout our days we need sleep. Especially college students, because college is more stressful than anything to our bodies and our brain due to the amount of stuff we must balance.

Chapter 3 Impression: Sleep

--Original published at Tyler's Ideas

My sleep habit personally is absolutely terrible. Typically, I either waking up at 9:15 or 10:45. I am very thankful I do not have any 8 AM’s. After my classes for the day, a very bad habit of mine is I take a nap, almost every single day. This has put me into a very bad cycle. Due to the fact that I am just so tired I honestly feel like I have to. After my nap, I go to practice of my game. This takes up a very large part of my day. Practice takes up about 3 hours (when I leave my room to when I get back), while games take up even more time depending on if it is home or away. Finally, after I am finally done, I go back to my dorm and do homework. Because of my nap during the day and my sports, I usually will not start homework until about nine or ten. This really does not help my sleep or my stress levels. Due to the late homework start, I will not go to bed until 12-2, depending on how much I have. I know for a fact that my sleep schedule is completely off and not healthy at all. Typically, I think the realistic goal for amount of sleep per night is eight hours for a college student. Although I may be getting almost that every night, I still do not feel awake or rested when I wake up in the morning. In order to improve my sleep schedule, I know that I need to stop taking naps during the day. One way I could accomplish this goal is to go to the library instead of going back to my dorm. I truly think this would fix all of the problems I have because I would be finish my homework during the day as well as be able to go to sleep much earlier.

Chapter 3 Sleep

--Original published at Marlee's Psych 105 Blog

Being a student athlete and a biology premed major has defiantly caused me to sacrifice sleep for school work. Before college I had a pretty structured sleep schedule; asleep by 10:30 and up at 6:30 during the week and then asleep by 12:00 and up by 9:30 on the weekends. Now that I am in college I am probably asleep by 12:30 or so and up by 7. This is not a dramatic change compared to the amount of sleep I used to get, but it is less than the 8 hours of sleep I should be getting. While I do not think my sleep habits are fantastic, compared to other college students, I think they are fairly decent. I receive enough sleep to go about my daily life, classes, practice and studying, and still function efficiently. I definitely think I should be getting more sleep than I am because sleep is very important to promote memory function. Most students see sleep as an option or something to do if you have the time. They are constantly pulling all nighters and staying up late to cram for exams. I think that at the very least students should be getting seven hours of slept improve their productivity and overall mental we being. If students could work more sleep into their schedules than I think they would improve academically overall.

Chapter 3 First Impression Post – Sleep

--Original published at Psychology 105

Due to my schedule, my sleep habits tend to vary widely. On a typical day, I wake up around 7:00 for class. I usually don’t get back to my room until around 8:00 at night after going to class, work, and anything else I have planned for the day. Even when I get back, however, I still usually have hours of homework and studying that need to be done. On a given night, as I’m sure might be the case for many other college students, I get maybe 5 hours of sleep. I don’t think this is an adequate amount, especially because that’s how much I get daily. Another problem I have is that although I am very sleep deprived during the week, I tend to binge on sleep on the weekends. If I don’t have to go to work on a Saturday or Sunday, I’ll usually sleep for about 12 hours. I think that having such a varied schedule is probably what is harming my sleep cycles the most. It would be beneficial if I had a specific time I decided to go to bed and wake up every day and a realistic sleeping goal would probably be about 7 hours per night. I do think there are other things that I could do that would help improve my sleep habits too. Since it’s hard for me to get more sleep, it’s important that the sleep I get is very sound and uninterrupted. A lot of times I’ll do things like use my phone before bed, which is commonly advised against. I also tend to use the snooze button a lot in the mornings, and I think minimizing this may help me get out of bed a little easier and help me regulate my sleep better.

Chapter 3 First Impression: Option 1

--Original published at HarrysCollegeBlog

During the Ted Talk about Sleep: the presenter offers a question that is often neglected: “Why do we Sleep?” This question is often overlooked, due to us simply accepting sleep as reality. He offers 3 Theories, with different reasons and logic as to why we sleep. To restore and repair all the things we damaged during the day, to conserve the energy we still have, or simply to increase our brain’s capability to store knowledge. Although all of these theories are sound: the most likely is the last theory mentioned.

During the Ted talk, the presenter begins explaining the restoration theory, with backup being mostly the fact that certain genes in our system are only turned on at night time. Although not in depth, this argument can be fairly sound for the case, yet not enough to validate it as the most likely candidate for why we sleep.

Next is the energy conservation theory.  The theory suggests that when we sleep we save energy we would’ve spent if awake. This theory simply isn’t true, as the brain is still active during sleep, as said in the Ted talk. Brain waves still use up calories we consume, with no evidence as to if less calories are being spent during sleep in the talk.

The last theory is the Increase our ability to store knowledge. the ted talk starts off telling us about how Sleep deprivation decreases our ability to think, as well as with the tendency to fall asleep during the period of drowsiness. The opposite is also true, with getting a good night’s sleep giving better creativity and cognitive ability. The neural networks that are often more used and thus deemed “important” have their connections strengthen, while the ones not used as often, and thus deemed “not important” are severed. This organizes the brain’s more important things to be more easily remembered, and occurs during the sleeping process. This action is also further strengthened by the first theory’s notion that certain genes are only active at night time, thus making the third theory the most likely. Although the ted talk gave the strongest suggestions for the third theory, this is just a theory.