College Students Study, Cram, Crash and Repeat

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Sleep can help college students retain and integrate new information to solve problems and do well on classroom exams. Extensive sleep studies have demonstrated that learned information is often replayed during sleep, which converts info from short term to long term memories.

Numerous studies show that college students who are poor sleepers are more likely to earn worse grades and withdraw from courses than their healthy sleeping peers. Poor sleepers often perform as poorly as students abusing alcohol and marijuana .The well-rested students not only perform better academically, but are healthier physically and psychologically. These findings are consistent and appear to be independent of other confounding factors such as work hours, chronic illness, anxiety, depression, race or gender.

Pulling all-nighters is no longer recommended and memory recall is greatly enhanced by getting 8 hurs of restful sleep before an exam. Students should average 8 hurs /night and avoid prolonged sleep deprivation,.which will affect mood, energy level, and ability to focus and concentrate..

Recommendations for good sleep include trying to study during optimal brain function periods (5-8 pm), avoid studying in afternoons; don’t overuse caffeinated drinks, and try relaxation methods or nonmedication sleep aids before using addicting sleep medications which lose their effectiveness over time.

Resources: Science Daily,21 Nov, 2012

“Poor sleep equal to binge drinking, marijuana use in predicting academic problems”,American Academy of Sleep Medicine,2014

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