Being a college student has never entailed a relaxed schedule. Students nearly always have a busy schedule, trying to balance studies, jobs, social lives and participation in many other activities. So, it’s not a surprise that sleep tends to come at the bottom of that list.

More now than ever, our culture takes pride in putting sleep last, and people seem to compare less sleep with a more successful person.

People who take the time to put significance on their sleeping schedule might be considered lazy or boring in today’s world.

With a library that’s open 24/7 and many other places that keep late hours, it seems like we’re expected to “pull all-nighters” as a sort of rite of passage for being a college student.

Despite these beliefs, getting enough sleep is important to our performance in class and quality of assignments we turn in for those classes.

Many classes at Emporia State include participation as part of the overall grade. With that being said, it can be hard to earn that part of the grade when we’re more focused on staying awake after a late night or a small amount of sleep the night before.

With a busy schedule, there’s a reason that students tend to put sleep last, but having some sort of sleep schedule is the first step to break this habit of forgetting how much a lack of sleep impacts you.

So, pick a time that works for you, depending on when your classes start in the morning, and stick with it. Aim for a schedule that gives you around eight hours of sleep a night, and do your best to follow through.

It can be difficult to follow a set time since sometimes we get too busy but if you’re getting enough sleep at night, it just might be a bit easier to finish those assignments in a timely manner.

Getting enough sleep will change how you manage your day to day life, and if it’s enough of a difference to your typical amount of sleep, you could find much easier to get assignments done ahead of time, or earn that participation part of your class.

However you go about it, keep in mind that sleep makes a big impact on health, and can make an impact on your academic career. So, plan a sleeping schedule, challenge yourself to follow it, and see if it makes a difference to your mood and effectiveness in your course work.

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