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.