8 Tips on How Haggard College Students can Sneak Sleep into their Schedule (Part 3)
September 25, 2013
Remember the last time your semester ended? Yeah. It’s bitter-sweet since some good-byes are made to professors and friends and classmates, but you’re also somewhat thankful that with each passing of a semester, you’re one step closer to finishing college forever and attaining that degree.
Well, don’t think too much about what goes on after then, like looking for a job and raising a family waaay into the future. For now, just face the things you gotta face. That’s why we’re not gonna stop with these tips until all had been said. Fortunately, this is the last part of this series. So onward and upward! Unless you’ve yet to check out Part 1 and Part 2, of course.
- Skip the coffee and don’t ride along the milk tea craze
I hope I don’t step on anyone’s toes here since (I personally admit) those drinks (and many other caffeine-laden drinks) can be even labelled as “bliss in a beverage.” But that’s the problem. Many times before, we’ve mentioned that some “foods” can prevent sleep. And by “food” I meant anything that goes in your body through ingesting.
I mean, it’s not wrong to have coffee and milk tea and any kind of tea, but remember that there’s a time place for everything and anything. Yeah, it is common sense to not drink caffeinated drinks mere hours before you plan to sleep, but that’s sometimes the problem – common sense is lacking at times more than what would be preferred.
But regarding other beverages outside of any type of coffee and caffeine-saturated energy drinks, people sometimes forget that something as simple as tea has caffeine. The warmness and even the sweetness is sometimes too captivating to forget that it in fact is caffeinated. And caffeine does not help you sleep. It actually does the opposite.
- Don’t procrastinate
Two words. It’s simple, but most of the time in life, it’s the simplest commandments that are the most difficult to follow. I don’t mind sounding like a parent or even a professor, but sometimes, we gotta admit that what they’re saying is actually right and helpful. If you don’t follow their advice, it’s basically just procrastinating. And we all know that it’s never the right option to cram.
Cramming is never fun. It’s fun to read tweets from people who are suffering from it, but you don’t want that to happen to you, trust me. I’ve been there and I’ve done that (too many times). But this is the thing: never forget your sleep. I mean yeah, 9gag and Tumblr and Pinterest and other sites that suck up time like a black hole are fun. But sleeping is not only “fun,” it’s “fantastic” and you need it.
In my personal opinion, telling people that you can sleep regularly for 8 hours per night while sporting average grades is better than having a fragmented and broken and horrible sleeping habit yet sporting good grades. Health is much better than good grades in the long run of the years of your life, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get good grades. It’s a side-effect that being groggy and sleep-deprived will not help at all during lectures and tests – unless you’re going to be graded in how well you can pretend to be awake while actually sleeping. Well, you get the point.
It’s a common nuisance for college students, employees, and even parents. It’s one big balancing act of caring for yourself and for your grades and your pay and others. It’s difficult, but not impossible. That’s why I hope that those 8 tips were helpful to you.
Honestly, reading it and clicking on links is much easier, but to actually lie down, get some shut-eye and stop worrying is difficult. The application is always more difficult than the learning process, but obedience is always worth it. Sweet Dreams!