A student’s life is filled with assignments, exams, classes, tuition, extracurricular activities, homework, and so on. There may appear to be insufficient hours in the day to do everything and yet have time to relax with friends and family. The increasing number of due dates can make any student question where they can find extra time. This mistakenly leads them to occupy the only remaining time they have, i.e., sleep. It may appear to be the only way for them to manage their college life.
Importance of Sleep for Students
Regardless of the issues listed above, the benefits of getting enough sleep for students are numerous. Students who obtain eight hours of sleep each night are more likely to succeed academically. Getting enough sleep allows you to be well-rested during the day and avoids lethargy and tiredness. Students are also more productive, focused, detail-oriented, and able to concentrate better in class. When you learn new knowledge and sleep on it, you retain it better. In other words, it increases memory consolidation and strengthening. Stress is less likely to damage students who prioritize sleep. Inadequate sleep also impacts cognitive and behavioral processes, dysregulates emotions, and raises stress levels. All of which are detrimental to any student’s academic performance and social life.
What factors contribute to can’t fall asleep?
The inability or circumstances preventing students to fall asleep might be numerous:
- Eating heavy meals just before going to bed.
- Caffeine consumption is excessive at night.
- The pressure to perform well.
- Excessive nighttime screen time (tablets, computers, mobile phones, etc.).
- Sleep problems and the use of certain drugs.
- Exercising vigorously before going to bed.
How can I help children sleep better?
Assist your youngster in developing the habit of going to bed and waking up at regular intervals. This will help keep your child’s biological clock on track. When sleeping, create a calm environment and dim the lights. Set a time limit for using technology gadgets before going to bed. Blue light from televisions, cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices. Parents should turn off or remove these devices from their child’s bedrooms at least one hour before bedtime. Sleep is essential for the body, thus no matter our age. We must ensure adequate rest to safeguard the body and maintain our mental health.