As the weeks go by, the closer we are until the semester is over. Which means that it’s almost time for finals week! I know everybody is as excited as I am to know summertime is right around the corner. But before we can lay back and relax in the sun, we must make sure we are doing the things necessary to pass those finals. There is one thing in particular that will be essential for passing those finals besides the obvious, studying, and that is SLEEP! Many don’t understand how essential sleep is when it comes to day-to-day living. We underestimate how much our body truly demands. As human beings sleep is vital for survival, so without good sleep it becomes hard for people to concentrate and you can become ill.
The condition of not having enough sleep is well-known as sleep deprivation. This condition can have a major impact on the lives and actions of people among all ages. It’s understandable that we are in college and sometimes it’s hard to go to sleep but it’s very important that one makes sure to get 8 hours of sleep a night. It’s not easy to get back to normal sleeping habits because our body has to go through what is known as sleep debt. “Our bodies give us plenty of signals when we’re tired. But some of us are so used to being sleep deprived that we remain oblivious to how impaired we really are. Sleep debt isn’t something you can pay off in a weekend, researchers say—it can take weeks of building up restorative sleep habits” (Prevention.com). There are five signs for a person to know in order to find out if you are sleep deprived or not.
- Simple decisions stump you
- Your still hungry — after eating all day
- You keep coming down with colds
- Weird things make you cry
- You’ve become a klutz
Those are some things ones should look out for when enough sleep is not something they are getting. Of coursethere are some reasons as to why people can’t sleep. In some cases people just can’t get enough sleep because of sleep disorders that they may have. Insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and even night terrors are all examples of some of those disorders. But as the clock is ticking and it’s coming down to finals everyone has to make sure to get the right amount of sleep that is needed in order to stay focused during those tests.
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