Chapter 3 Impression: Sleep

When I think of a realistic sleep goal for a college student, a number doesn’t even pop into my head. I want to say 8 hours, because that is what we have been told for years, but I know for me 8 hours doesn’t cut it. I would imagine for people busier than me, like those who are on the sports teams, would require more than that. Everybody is different so I would imagine it would fall between 7-11 hours depending on the person.

I am well aware that my sleep schedule is an unhealthy one. I used to never sleep, I was lucky if I got 4 hours a night. Now, and for the past year, I have definitely been oversleeping. I got to bed anywhere between 9:30 and 11pm and since I don’t have any 8am classes, I usually get up between 9am and 12 noon. That’s about 9-12 hours a night. In addition to that, I tend to take a 1-2 hour nap in the middle of the day and load up on caffeine. It doesn’t effect my work; I still maintain good grades and get all my work done on time, I dance in emotion and am in 2 different clubs. I feel like my sleep pattern would be more unhealthy if I wasn’t apart of any clubs or activities, or if I had poor grades.

One way I could improve my sleep habits are to wake up earlier. I sleep in so late, plus nap, so I think getting up a bit earlier in the morning would be a good place for me to start.

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2 thoughts on “Chapter 3 Impression: Sleep

  1. Your sleep habits are not too horrible as you are getting a good amount of sleep, even if it is a bit much. Still though I feel it is more healthy than getting too little sleep. I’m glad to hear your sleep habits aren’t affecting grades or your performance in college and activities. If you want to improve your habits, I can understand why you say getting up earlier may help, but I would suggest trying to avoid the naps and still sleep in – as long as the time is generally consistent. You seem very determined though and that is always good when it comes to changing habits, so I have no doubt you will meet your goals.

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  2. Carly,

    I appreciate your honesty in your critique of your sleeping habits. It seems that the way you are sleeping now is healthier than the way you were sleeping, so that much is positive. As we learned in class, a healthy amount of time for a sleep cycle is about 90 minutes. Because of this, I would recommend that you aim for either seven and a half or 9 hours of sleep each night. One way to find out your personal sleep needs would be to wake up at the same time every morning. For example, if your earliest class (as you said) requires you to wake up at 9, you would have to set your alarm for 9 am every morning for about a week. It would also be critical to cut out your midday nap for this to be successful. If you do end up taking a nap however try to keep it to around 20 minutes; that way your body does not have time to get past stage 2 sleep and it will be easier to wake up feeling more refreshed. Good luck!

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