College life isn’t always known for providing much sleep, however sleep is a very important part of maintaining your health and well being.
Here’s seven facts about sleeping that every College student should know.
As much as you might be tempted to cram in all night study sessions, you may actually be doing yourself more harm then good.
A Berkeley study (PDF) found that sleeping or even a short nap for an hour helps reset your short-term memory and that in turn allows you to learn and retain facts better when you wake up.
A Harvard Study has found that taking naps is good for your heart.
They found that by even taking afternoon naps of 30 minutes each three times a week reduced the risk of heart related ailments by 37%. The study found that this is probably owed to an afternoon nap acting as a stress reliever.
There’s even more research to suggest that all night study sessions can reduce your ability to retain information by up to 40%…actually defeating the purpose of setting off to do an all nighter anyway.
If napping sleep for under 45 minutes
It’s said that 60 minutes of sleep helps you stay alert for over 10 hours, however research has found you’re better off napping for 45 minutes or less if you need to get back into action after waking up.
Napping 60 minutes or more may lead to you drifting into slow-wave sleep which results in sleep inertia, that groggy feeling many of us have often experienced when oversleeping.
Stranger still, naps as short as 20, 10, or even 2 minutes can provide you with all the mental benefits of sleep, without risking waking up groggy.
Napping can help you lose weight
The reason is believed to be linked to a lower rate of metabolism for those who don’t sleep as long.
You can’t avoid that down period after lunch by not eating
Some people believe that skipping lunch helps beat the afternoon tired period but the opposite is true: you need to fuel up to get through this period.