First Impression Week 9

College students lifestyles varies differently from people younger and older than them. They have to balance a heavy academic load, social life, work, studying, and even athletics for some. Most students stay up late studying and become stressed easily from a lack of sleep and an overwhelming schedule. I think a realistic goal for amount of sleep per night a college student should get is around 7 hours. Also, at least once a semester there is always a night where students stay up studying or writing an essay and they get 3 or 4 hours of sleep and they are drained for the rest of the week.

This semester, my current sleep habits changed due to having academics plus athletics. Last semester without having lacrosse everyday, I had more time during the day to complete my homework so I could watch a tv show at night and go to bed around 11 or 12 at the latest. However, this semester I have less time during the day to get done my homework so I have to do it later at night after practice. This pushes back the time I go to bed to around 12:30-1:00am. I wake up tired in the morning, even though this semester I have later classes and not 8:00am’s everyday. Overall, I think I get a decent amount of hours to sleep per night, around 7 or 8 hours. I also tend to take naps during the week, some days I take only 30 minute naps while other days I take an hour or longer naps. I can improve my sleeping habits by getting more assignments done on the weekends so that I can go to bed earlier on the weekdays. I should start doing assignments that are not only due earlier in the week but also later in the week so that I am less overwhelmed during the week and can get to bed at an earlier time.



2 thoughts on “First Impression Week 9

  1. Hi! Your post is very well written and I definitely agree with you. Many college students are extremely sleep deprived and have a hard time keeping a normal sleep schedule. I think it would be extremely hard to be in college and be an athlete, however, the way you are putting it it seems like you are doing a good job with how you are managing it. It is difficult enough to keep up with school work to begin with, but you make some good points about doing more assignments on the weekends and early in the week so you are not stressed out later in the week. Overall, I think you described it great and it sounds like you have a good plan to get your sleeping schedule back on track!


  2. Hello Kate, I agree with you about college students sometimes not getting enough sleep to withstand the week, without taking naps. I think it is important that students make a planned time when they will do certain assignments so they can not be as stressed during the week. It is important that time during the day isn’t wasted, since it can be used to do smaller school assignments and free up time during the nights. I personally need 7 hours of sleep a night to fully function the next day in class, just like you. I sadly have 8am classes all week, but you get time to sleep in slightly to make up for lost night sleep. That is helpful since you play a sport and need extra night time to do work. You seem to balance your time wisely and get work done when needed. I don’t advise you to take longer naps during the day often, since you wake up tired in the morning. The longer naps might be effecting you quality of sleep since your body wasn’t sure how long of a sleep you will get at that moment. Overall, I think you plan your time wisely and will wake up feeling more refreshed if you cut out the long naps and try to get more work done during the day before sports practices!


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