Is Sleep Deprivation Holding You Back?

By CTU HealthCare Faculty

CTU Health Sciences Degree - Sleep DeprivationYou’ve heard it before – it is essential to get the proper amount of sleep so you can perform your best at school and work. Yet sleep is still one of the first things modern students and professionals cut from their schedules when they get busy. It is counterproductive to lose sleep in order to study harder. If you don’t get enough sleep, harmful side effects can quickly creep in and wreak havoc on your academic and professional performance. Sleep deprivation can be easily prevented by finding a balance between your studies, professional and personal activities.

So how do you get more sleep while pursuing a degree? It’s simple, although somewhat counterintuitive – make time for it. For new college students especially, participating in class only a few times per week can introduce unexpected challenges. Learning how to manage your free time wisely is critical. The best way to combat academic stress and get more sleep is to develop good study habits which includes implementing a time-management system that helps you find time for with work, school, and family.

Pursuing a degree is a fun, challenging, and busy time for many adults. Without proper sleep, you may struggle to perform your best and may experience negative side effects to your health. Before cutting sleep, remember how important it is to your education and overall well-being. Here are four tips to help improve your sleep patterns:

  • Find Balance. Break the pattern of late nights and try to give balance to your life. Understand that sleep deprivation can be controlled by following a strict routine. 
  • Relax. Don't try to force yourself to sleep. Try reading a book or listen to soothing music to relax your mind. Sleep is sure to follow.
  • Stay Physical. Exercise regularly and make sure you are involved in physical activities during the day. This can help you fall asleep and stay asleep longer.
  • Connect. Talk to friends, student advisors, and instructors when feeling stressed out about school assignments that are giving you sleepless nights. Connect with others in social communities to share tips for beating stress.

Consult your physician if you experience serious signs of sleep deprivation.

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