When it comes to success in the classroom, sleep is your best defense/aid. In spring 2011, Health and Wellness Services administered the National College Health Assessment to Salt Lake community College students. We’ve found that students ranked sleep as one of the top ten academic impacts that inhibited them from doing well in their class or on an assignment. Did you know that getting adequate sleep improves your health and memory?
The National Sleep Foundation states, “Sleep regulates mood and is related to learning and memory functions. Not only will getting enough sleep help you learn a new skill, stay on task or be productive, it may also be a critical factor in your health, weight and energy level.”
If you’re feeling tired, dragged out or sleepy during the day, here some tips for you.
· Establish a regular bed and wake time
· Establish a consistent relaxing “wind-down” bedtime routine
· Avoid nicotine altogether and avoid caffeine close to bedtime
· Exercise regularly (at least 3 hours before bedtime)
· Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet and comfortable.
· Adults typically need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. You can’t catch up on missed hours of sleep.
· Your sleep environment should be used for sleep and sex. Watching TV and using your laptop hinders quality sleep.
“Myths and Facts.” National Sleep Foundation. n.p., 2011. Web. 15 Aug. 2012.