Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Will getting lots of Z’s help you get A’s??

Getting a good night’s sleep is just as important as eating a well balanced diet. In fact, sleep is food for your brain. Scholarly research indicates sleep quality has been linked to grade point averages, the primary way college student’s academic performance is measured. Making sure you get enough quality sleep could directly impact your grades. Here are a few tips to make sure you get enough Z’s to help you get lots of A’s!

Avoid smoking, caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants. Both affect the central nervous system often increasing your heart rate and blood pressure which could prevent you from falling asleep. Alcohol can make you sleepy; however it can make attaining the deep sleep that your body benefits most from difficult to attain.

Eat a well balanced diet. Eating a large dinner can contribute to difficulty falling asleep. Try eating a more substantial breakfast, a moderate lunch and lighter dinner at least two hours before your regular bedtime.

Exercise! Choose your exercise time strategically, completing your strenuous physical activities 2 or 3 hours before your typical bed time. This will allow your body ample time to cool down and ensure you are able to get to sleep in a reasonable amount of time.

Establish a regular sleep schedule. Designating a regular time to go to bed and wake up can ensure you consistently receive an adequate amount of sleep. This will allow your body the time it needs to rest, recuperate and repair itself from the stresses of daytime activities.

Don’t lay awake in bed. If you find you can’t fall asleep, get out of bed. Tossing and turning, being frustrated about not being able to go to sleep can create negative associations with your bedroom and your bed. Go to another room and engage in a relaxing activity such as reading for 15 or 20 minutes. When you start to feel sleepy get back into bed.

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