March 26, 2018
Aside from studying, writing papers and knocking out required reading, most college students have a lot of additional responsibilities. Whether it's extracurricular activities, family or work, college students have a lot to focus on. For your health and continued academic success you need to be well rested - and that means getting more than just a few hours of sleep when and where you can.
Staying up late and pumping yourself full of caffeine to pull an all-night study session or get you through the next day isn't a good long-term plan for performing well in school. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults ages 18 to 60 years old need to be getting seven or more hours of sleep every night, while teenagers up to 18 need eight to 10 hours in a 24-hour period. Getting a solid eight hours on a weeknight may seem unfeasible for some students, but there are important reasons why your body and brain need you to get the right amount of sleep.
Having good sleep hygiene improves your overall health and your academic performance. You can increase the quality of your sleep by changing some of your daily habits.
Ultimately, how much sleep you need as a college student depends on how well you want to function. To be at the top of your game, take a few steps to ensure you get regular, quality sleep - even if you're not able to meet the recommended seven or more hours.
Ashley Wallis is an Army veteran and writer with a BA in English Language and Literature from SNHU. She is currently living in the Denver area. Find her on twitter @AshDWallis.
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