Summer brought free hours for most students who needed a long-awaited break from school. It was time to binge our favorite Netflix shows and play those X-Box/PlayStation games that were ignored during the school year because of homework and extra curricular activities. After a summer of active nights and easy-going mornings, it’s more than likely that we could use help re-calibrating back to early bedtimes and the even earlier sound of an A.M. alarm clock. Our seemingly short summer of sleeping in, staying up late and enjoying slow mornings is coming to a swift close. We may not want to think about it, however there aren’t many days of summer vacation left. Some students have already returned to the classroom! There’s no doubt, with all the summer activities and getaways, our sleep schedules may have been “thrown a bit out of whack”. However there’s still time to get back to our school rest routine while practicing healthy sleep habits.
With so many things to do between classes like working, studying, and socializing, getting rest is often last on our to-do list. Nevertheless, it’s difficult to miscalculate the importance of sleep on so many levels, from our health, fitness and mood to our memory recall and grades. Getting enough rest is critical, particularly during the school year. Not only is sleeping necessary for academic success, but also a number of findings have shown a correlation between sleep deprivation and health impediments. Sleep is an astoundingly important part of a maintaining proper health and performing well in school. Appreciating that sleep is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle is vital. Poor sleep habits can escalate the risk of physical health problems such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Lack of sleep has also been connected to hyperactivity, irritability and impulsivity and also problems with the skills required for learning like attention, concentration, memory, problem solving and decision-making. Sleep deprivation has been proved to affect logical reasoning and complex thought, which are both vital to be a successful student. A well-rested brain is more responsive to new information. Research states that our memories are consolidated, and saved while we’re asleep. Study has found that sleep deprivation can affect our memorization of new material and our motor skills. When we’re lacking sleep, our brain is less effective at organization and decision making, which can be dangerous. A sleep-deprived person can be more disposed to hindered reaction and inattention. When our brain is overworked, our focus, attention, perception, and decision-making can all be compromised. A lack of sleep can also add to skin aging and impede fitness goals. Running a sleep deficit is bad for our health, and findings show we can’t catch up for a weeks worth of missed rest just by “kicking back” on Sunday. Missing 2 hours of rest a night creates a deficit of 14 hours of per week. Although some late nights are unavoidable in a student’s life, keeping them to a minimum and making sure that we get 7-8 hours of rest nightly is essential for academic success.
Long days and late nights with no responsibilities are the reason summer breaks cause such chaos with our sleeping patterns. Nevertheless as the launch of a new school year materializes for some, and is already a reality for others, we’re recommended to start to re-establish our school year sleep schedules. Creating a calendar or time-management system is imperative for hard-working students, and can also be an efficient way to ensure we’re getting enough rest. Getting an adequate amount of time to study and do homework while completing projects and simultaneous assignments so we don’t have to deal with the pressure and stress of late night cramming sessions is strictly fundamental. At Gourmet Services Inc., we want all new, returning or students preparing their return to remember that the more consistent your wake and sleep schedule, the easier it’ll be for to be prepared and energetic for those early morning classes and study sessions.