When you come to college it is a very common thing to stray from your usual sleep pattern. It’s your first time away from your parents, you have new friends, and you want to get out and live life on your own. But when you pull all-nighters consistently it will impact you negatively.
Your brain needs at least eight hours to sleep. During this time it is refreshing itself from the long day and encoding into your memory different things you have learned throughout the day. When you miss sleep, you aren’t giving your body the chance to rejuvenate and will as a result be drowsy and have difficulty focusing during classes and tests.
Think about the amount of money you are spending to be here. Chances are, what you are trying to accomplish by coming to college is a good education that you will be able to use in the future. Going out with friends can wait, the most important thing is making sure you are successful.
Set aside time to hang out with your friends that won’t interfere with your sleep schedule. Maybe you have time from six to nine after you’ve finished classes and done your homework. And if that fails, there’s always the weekends when there is plenty of time to do fun stuff with your friends.
Decide a time that works for you that you can go to bed every night, once you get into the habit of sleeping at a certain time it will eventually become second nature to you. Find somebody who will remind you that you need to get to sleep at that time; whether it be a roommate or a friend.
Remember, getting sleep is important, especially during this crucial time in your life.