When was the last time you slept a full 8 hours on a weekday? The National Sleep Foundation says that most people generally need between 7-9 hours of sleep on any given night. I usually get somewhere between 5-6 hours of sleep on weekdays. How could a busy, working college student like myself function as a normal member of society for 12 hours each day and still find the energy to go to the gym afterwards? Power naps, and many of them. Napping is essential for college students who have a hard time balancing their busy schedules. If I didn’t take naps, I know for a fact that I would become a walking zombie.
What effect can sleep loss have on the functionality of our brains? It has been found that sleep loss can impair one’s ability to perform tasks involving memory, learning and logical reasoning. Obviously one who has problems these will struggle in college. College can be the toughest time to find sleep, however it’s important to realize that sleeping problems will detrimentally affect one’s school performance. Many students don’t fully understand just how much pulling all-nighters negatively affects performance.
Some students choose caffeine over power naps, without realizing that a cup of coffee can stay in their system for hours and make it more difficult to fall asleep later. Another common misconception made by students is that it won’t hurt to miss some sleep during the week and make up for it by sleeping in on weekends. This causes changes in sleeping patterns that will make it much harder to wake up come Monday morning, according to an article published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. They also suggest that if students choose to nap, to make sure it lasts less than an hour each time.
Insufficient sleep is one leading cause of fatal accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that there are over 100,000 auto crashes every year that are fatigue related. This is said to affect drivers aged 25 or under more than any other age group. Additionally, people who suffer from the sleep disorder sleep apnea have an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, diabetes, heart failure and irregular heartbeat. Napping isn’t an affective treatment for sleep apnea, however people who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea really need all of the extra rest that they can get. We should all try to get some extra sleep when possible to improve our quality of life, as well as the quality of our work.
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