by clio gourevitch
I don’t get enough sleep. This is a common issue I have noticed not only with myself, but also with friends and peers from Bard and other schools. Because of the huge workload that we have, we don’t have time to sleep.
For example, right now it is 11:56 pm and I have only just finished my homework, after working for around four or more hours. And that’s only the homework due tomorrow. I get far more sleep than some of my classmates, getting around six hours average per night, whereas some are getting closer to three, yet these six hours are not enough. An extreme example of this is according to Harvard Health, getting less sleep can increase one’s likelihood of getting select mental illnesses and disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and ADHD (Harvard Health Publishing 2009). This is a less common but still very real example, but I’m sure most of us can relate to it in some ways. For example, with me, I find it far harder to concentrate on homework in the nights after getting very little sleep. I find myself spacing out and not putting in adequate effort. This lack of sleep, for many people, is probably due to procrastination or unideal studying tactics.
Procrastination is harder to fix seeing as it is a bad habit that needs to be broken in whatever way works best for an individual. On the other hand, study skills, although they take work to acquire, are so useful in the end. Some useful tactics are taking good notes in class which makes it endlessly easier to do homework later, using Quizlet or another program that helps you study, making it easier to go from terms to studying with minimal time, and also making study guides. These simple steps to plan for the night make the night far more organized, and productive. Not only getting more done, you also get it done faster, allowing you to get more sleep, and thus overall improving your mental health. When you get more sleep, you feel better in the morning, and you are able to be more productive in the future. Sleep is hard to get, but it is extremely important and helps in so many more ways than are obvious.
Harvard Health Publishing. “Sleep and Mental Health.” Harvard Health, July 2009, https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/sleep-and-mental-health.
Clio Gourevitch, BHSEC Queens
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