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Unformatted text preview: Nicole Katzman You Can Only Choose Two There are three aspects of life all college students strive for: good grades, a thriving social life, and sleep. However, each aspect is placed on one tip of a triangle and students feel forced to choose only one line. Most college students choose good grades and a fun social life, forgetting how crucial sleep is life. This choice is proven by the National Sleep Foundation, which found that 59% of graduate and undergraduate students are sleep deprived (Millman, 2005). Many students feel it is necessary to take time out of sleeping patters in order to have enough time to do school work and socialize with friends. In the long run, this choice only negatively affects school performance and social mood. Lack of sleep directly affects social life and schoolwork by reducing attention span, confusing circadian rhythm, and forcing students to resort to unhealthy products to reduce sleep. First, college students face an overwhelmingly larger workload and in response work into late hours of the night getting it done. Professors and staff are very aware of these unhealthy habits, and promote them with 24-hour library hours. Professors hand out ridiculous amounts of homework: 100-plus pages of textbook reading, outlining, and extensive and complicated worksheets. Professors then expect these sleep-deprived students to wake up and attend two-hour lectures at 9 oclock in the morning. However, that usually is not the case, because 54% of sleep- deprived students will skip class in the morning in effort to get a couple more hours of sleep. It doesnt stop there. 46% of students end up going but falling asleep 1 during class, 42% of students receiving lower grades on exams, and 7% end up dropping courses when they have an inadequate amount of sleep...
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2012 for the course COMM 250 taught by Professor Jerry during the Spring '12 term at Wisconsin.
- Spring '12