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5 Steps to Keep Your Kids Healthy and Focused in College Part 1: Getting A Good Night's Sleep — an article on the Smart Living Network
August 16, 2009 at 5:30 AMComments: 1 Faves: 0

5 Steps to Keep Your Kids Healthy and Focused in College Part 1: Getting A Good Night's Sleep

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It's a Well-Known Fact . . .

College students often lack from enough sleep. It seems that classes, jobs, newfound freedom, social events, and studies take up all their time. Of all their choices, it's sleep that usually loses. Just when the tension starts to climax around examination time, students tend to sleep even less. The stress is heightened and fear of failure culminates to a life of no sleep for students.

What's Sleep Deprivation?

Sleep deprivation may not sound so devastating, but it can produce some devastating affects. For instance, mental fatigue, mood swings, sleepiness, and a tendency to accidents are just some side effects of sleep deprivation. The most dangerous side effect is falling asleep and not knowing it. For a college student heading home, it's quite common and can prove fatal. An irregular sleeping schedule plays havoc on our circadian rhythm. This is the normal biological process that helps to regulate our sleep cycle. There are some college students who experience the opposite of sleep deprivation. These include insomnia and sleep apnea. These two disorders aren't a lack of sleep; they actually interfere with sleep.

The Plan Backfires

The night before an exam is the real test. The end result is a tired student taking an exam. A lack of sleep and cramming take their toll on the unsuspecting student. It's ironic that the two things, sleep deprivation and cramming, almost every student does before a test are the two things that probably prevented him from achieving that desired grade.

It's So Difficult

It can be incredibly difficult to convince a college student how important his sleep is. When a college student has a heavy load, he's more prone to be determined to succeed . . . at almost any cost. Unfortunately, some students consider the risks worth the scholastic achievement, but his physical body will pay the price.

The Caffeine Cycle

Busy college students sometimes fill up on caffeinated foods in a vain attempt to study. Racing heartbeats should scare them, but sometimes it doesn't. Colas, chocolate, alcohol, and coffee are not the answers.

What's a Better Plan?

Preparation. It's best to spend a little time to study and then sleep on it. This will give your kids the rest they need and will help their brain process the new information for easily retrieval. If your kids know their material, they are more apt to sleep better.

What Else can Your Kids do?

It's important your kids realize it's not selfish to put their health first. Your kids should purposely schedule enough time to sleep. They should get enough sleep each night. They should eat a healthy diet. They should avoid caffeinated foods and beverages just before and just after studying.

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  • I started off college cramming into the early morning before exams, by the end of college I found that cramming two nights prior to exams and then reviewing in the day on the day before the exam produced better results. When the exam day came I ended up with much better results.

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