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WHY DOES SLEEP MATTER IN COLLEGE?Sleep may be one of the most important factors for student success and often one ofthe most neglected.Many students will sacrifice sleep in order to work, play, or getschool projects completed.However, although most people think they can function wellwhen they don‟t get sleep, the truth is they cannot.Research shows that people who are deprived of sleep perform worse on thinking andperformance task than those who are not sleep deprived. Furthermore, those who weresleep deprived judged that they performed better on the task than they actually did.Incomparison, the non-sleep deprived group accurately judged how well they did on the task.What this shows is that peoplelacking sleep think they are doing just fine when in fact, they are not.Losing sleep often results in lower performance on tasks,which frustrates and aggravates the sleep deprived student who thinks his or her performance is just fine.SLEEP AFFECTS YOUR PERFORMANCEMEMORY:Research shows that people whosleep seven hours a nightdobetter on memory tasksthan those who do not.Individuals will vary in terms of how much sleep is the „right‟ amount, but in general most college students need at leastsix toeight hours a night.RECOVERY TIME:Avoid late weekend nights when you have an important project or exam during the coming week.Theeffects of missing sleep can last for several days and it takes your body time to recover.When you have a large project due oran important exam, save your brains energy and memory power bykeeping a consistent sleep scheduleduring the entireweek, including the weekend.RECHARGE WITH POWER NAPS: You might be tempted to substitute sleep with caffeine. Caffeine will keep you awake, butdoes not help you process what you learn. Naps are an excellent way to recharge your brain and give you an energy burst.However, there is a specificnap etiquetteyou should follow to make sure naps are working for you rather than against you.Naps later than 3 pm will interfere with your nightly sleeping schedule, so avoid taking later evening naps.Naps longer than 20

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Chemistry, times, Sleep Foundation, Sleep Institute

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