4 Tips for Thanksgiving Break Bliss

Thanksgiving Break can be a very blissful time for most college students. If you’re lucky, you can bring home all your laundry and have mom cook you real food. It’s the much-needed break you get right before the stress of final exams. Here are 4 tips for Thanksgiving Break bliss.

1. Take Naps

Thanksgiving Break naps

Since it is getting close to finals, taking time in the afternoon to take a break and get a nap in will help you stay refreshed. Throughout the semester, you have worked hard studying, researching and/or writing. You should try to take a break for at least an hour or two a day from your schedule to rest for finals. It is best to begin studying some several weeks in advance for your finals. You need all of the sleep you can get to do your best after spending most of your time and energy on your studies for the last three to four months. Let’s be real, taking a nap never disappoints!

2. Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving Break parade

A great way to celebrate Thanksgiving before the meal is to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade on tv. If you oversleep that morning, you can tape it and watch it later. If you wake up in time to watch it live,  watch it with family and friends. It’s interesting to see what new floats and entertainment that is used every year for the parade to celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s also a good way to forget about class for a while and embrace your inner child.

 3. Spend Time with Family

Thanksgiving Break family      

If you are traveling home for the Thanksgiving Break, it’s great to spend time with your family since you have been away from home all semester. You can help out with the cooking, enjoy the fall weather, watch football or play games while catching up with everything going on in each other’s lives.

4. Decorate and Get Ready for Christmas

 Thanksgiving Break Christmas decorating

Since Thanksgiving is followed up by Christmas, you can spend some time over Thanksgiving weekend picking out a Christmas tree. It can be a bonding experience with your immediate family to decorate the tree and your house together for the upcoming holiday. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can go shopping with your family on Black Friday early and get the best deals on Christmas, or just wait for Cyber Monday to avoid the crowds. 🙂

Taking time to spend time with your family and friends during the holiday is a great way to get a break from school before finals. We hope these tips help you have yourself a blissful Thanksgiving Break…

P.s. Still need a textbook to study for finals when Thanksgiving Break bliss ends? Shop Knetbooks for cheap textbook rentals!

The Importance Of Napping In College

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.


I’m reading The Art of Public Speaking