Before coming to college, our worst nightmare was waking up at 6:30 AM to go to high school [*shudders*]. Then we come to college + quickly realize that those days were far more manageable than our current hectic lives + inconsistent sleep cycle. Naps become a source of strength to continue through the day, ++ coffee becomes our life-line in order to last through a #sweatsesh. But, what if our sleep cycle didn’t have to be that way? [*Hint Hint*] It doesn’t!
After numerous sleepless nights followed by groggy mornings when I first started college, I finally realized my body needed sleep more than I’d given. After my realization, I made a change to my sleep schedule that changed my life – cheesy, but true! I set a goal to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. This was not only realistic, but it’s also the number recommended by the National Sleep Foundation [adults should get anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep per night]. So, what happened after I started to fulfill that goal? It brought energy into all aspects of my life…
#1] YOU ACTUALLY FEEL RESTED
When you wake up genuinely feeling rested + ready to take on your day, you will feel like you traded in your exhausted, fatigued self for a renewed//revitalized version. The rested feeling will pour into other parts of your life, bringing you many #PositiveVibes.
#2] YOUR FUSE IS SIGNIFICANTLY LONGER
When your *fuel* tank is running on empty, you are more likely to be moody + easily annoyed at even the smallest things. When you decide to make sleep a priority, that once short fuse will become significantly longer. You will finally be able to step off the emotional rollercoaster that comes along with sleep deprivation.
#3] STRESS IS LESS SEVERE
Much like your temper being shortened, stress is certainly heightened when you lose sleep. If you are getting your recommended 7-9 hours, your brain has time to reCHAARG + is able to process stress in the best possible way. *Fun Fact* — if you are getting less sleep than you should, typically your number one method of coping with stress is by napping.
#4] RESTLESS NIGHTS ARE A LONG-GONE NIGHTMARE
You are so exhausted you could sleep standing up, but once your head hits the pillow you can’t sleep. You can’t get comfortable, thoughts are spinning, ++ you’re worrying about your to-do list tomorrow. Getting into a routine of sleeping a full 7 hours a night will change those nights of staring at the ceiling — forever! Once you get into this routine, your body + mind will be practically programmed to sleep a full 7 hours.
#5] THE *2:30* FEELING DISAPPEARS
2:30 pm rolls around ++ you need another cup [or two] of coffee to finish out your day — sound familiar? When you’re getting enough shut eye, you will notice that *2:30* feeling slowly disappear. Getting enough sleep doesn’t just affect how you feel when you wake up, it effects your energy levels all day long.
#6] MORNING TRIPS TO STARBUCKS // CLASS WILL BE MUCH SAFER
You won’t have to worry about feeling like a character from the Walking Dead when you walk to grab your morning pick me up + to go to class. You will no longer be the girl who walks into things because she is so sleepy [trust me, it happens]. Overall, your mornings will be much safer with clearer judgment + rested eyes.
#7] YOUR SNOOZE BUTTON WILL SEE LESS ACTION
Because your body will be programmed to sleep for 7-9 hours, you’ll feel ready to hop out of bed + start your day. When you’ve had less sleep than recommended, your body wants to stay in bed for as long as it can in its efforts to #reCHAARG — making you hit snooze more than 3 times in a morning.
#8] THE 7-9 HOUR RULE WILL APPLY
7-9 hours per night is the suggested amount of sleep an adult should get, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Believe it or not, oversleeping can be just as harmful to your energy levels as not sleeping enough! Staying in the 7-9 hour range will ensure a stable sleep cycle.
Getting enough sleep every night is something that is often overlooked as a part of our health, but is something that should be at the top of our priority list. Sleep affects how we function, ++ without a proper amount of sleep, our bodies cannot function optimally, ++ that doesn’t just mean pushing through a #sweatsesh! Lack of sleep can affect our school + work performance ++ even our relationships. During the SBFP, challenge yourself to get enough sleep so that you really can be the happiest + healthiest version of yourself ; )
+Delaney [@delaney_inchaarg] // UC CHAARG