College students are notorious for having trouble sleeping. And while we're not going to tell you that all your problems will be solved if you get enough sleep, we will say that getting a good night's rest can make life easier and more enjoyable. Here are seven benefits of getting a healthy amount of shut-eye:
1. Sleep can improve your memory
If you're one of the many students who find themselves struggling to remember what's on your reading list, it might be time to look into getting more sleep. A good night's rest can help you recall information better, focus on what you are learning, and retain information even if you don't remember all of it.
In fact, studies have shown that while people tend to forget new information over time (unless they review it), a good night's sleep will actually enhance their ability to recall the details later.
2. You learn better when you get enough sleep
As you can probably guess, sleep helps your brain process information. When we're tired, our brains function at a lower capacity and it becomes more difficult to retain information. Sleep also helps us remember what we learned. If you don't get enough sleep, it's hard to form memories that last and connect new knowledge with existing knowledge (like when you try to cram for an exam). Sleep also allows the brain to process emotional experiences from the day so that they can be stored as emotional memories rather than factual ones (for example, if you had an embarrassing experience at work).
Sleep helps us learn new skills by reducing distractions and allowing us to focus on whatever it is we're trying to learn which is why naps are always encouraged during learning sessions! Think about it: would you rather take notes while someone else talks or while they're sleeping? The answer is clear!
Finally, getting enough sleep will help improve learning retention over time because of its effect on memory consolidation, the process by which information is converted from temporary short-term memory into longer-term memory storage areas within the brain
3. You are less likely to get sick if you get enough sleep
You are less likely to get sick if you get enough sleep.
You know how it feels when you’re tired? Your immune system works harder, burning through all its energy in an effort to keep you healthy. When your body is at rest, it can recover from illness more quickly and fight off infection more effectively. It’s even been found that adequate sleep helps prevent colds and flu by as much as 50%.
4. You will look better when you get enough sleep
- You will look better when you get enough sleep.
Sleep deprivation can make you look older, tired, stressed and unhealthy. In fact, not sleeping enough can make you appear up to 20 years older than your actual age! That's because sleep deprivation causes a breakdown in collagen which leads to sagging skin and other facial lines (source). Sleep deprivation also makes it harder for your body to produce the hormones necessary for good health so if your diet is lacking in nutrients then that might contribute to how unhealthy or unattractive you appear as well (source).
- You'll be able to focus better on what's happening around you
When we are tired our bodies tend to slow down while trying to function properly without enough restful sleep at night which means less energy overall throughout the day including when we're trying our hardest at school or work during these hours too (source). It may seem like an advantage but having less energy means being less able than before thus decreasing both our mental capacity as well as physical ability which means focusing on anything else besides schoolwork becomes more difficult too; especially since many people find themselves being less focused when they don't get enough sleep either way due simply because there isn't much left from such a short period off time spent awake between 9am-5pm daily - this includes weekends too!
5. Sleep helps your body heal faster after an injury
Sleep is a vital part of the healing process, and it has been shown to be a crucial element in the body's ability to heal itself. This can be especially important for people who are injured, such as athletes or those who practice a physically demanding activity regularly. Sleep helps your body repair itself at night so that you'll wake up feeling refreshed and energized.
In addition, sleep is essential for your immune system because while you're sleeping, your body produces more antibodies the chemicals that fight off bacteria and viruses—than it would if you were awake and running around all day. Additionally, studies have shown that adequate amounts of sleep improve cognitive function, allowing us to better process information than when we are tired or sleep deprived (which might lead us down the path toward injury).
6. You will have more energy if you get enough sleep
Your body is a lot like the universe: it wants to expand and grow, but it can’t without the right amount of rest. Sleep is a time when your body gets to relax, repair itself and restore its energy levels. If you do not get enough sleep, fatigue can set in which can make completing tasks difficult.
Not only will lack of sleep make it harder for you to focus and complete tasks at school or at work ? it also has been shown that people who do not get enough sleep tend to gain weight faster than those who consistently obtain seven-to-eight hours of shut-eye per night. This may be due to the fact that an insufficient amount of slumber affects hormones responsible for regulating appetite control and metabolism (1). In addition, studies have shown that people who suffer from chronic sleep deprivation may experience decreased immunity (2) as well as increased feelings of depression (3).
7. You may feel less stressed when you get a good night's sleep
So, you were stressed because of an upcoming test or project. You get some shut-eye and wake up to find that your stress has dissipated while you slept. How does this happen?
Sleep helps regulate the body's response to stress by giving it time to recover. It gives your body a chance to rest and recover from any physical or emotional stressors that have come its way during the day, so when you wake up refreshed, those feelings of anxiety are gone.
If sleeping doesn't help with your stress levels, it may be time for other coping strategies such as exercise and talking with a friend
Getting a good night's sleep can help you stay healthier and be more successful in college
- You'll feel happier and more energetic.
- You'll be less likely to get sick.
- You'll be able to focus and concentrate better, which means you're likely to do better in school (and life).
- Your memory will improve as well, so you won't have to cram before an exam or start a project at the last minute which can actually lead to more stress down the road!
In conclusion, it’s important to remember that not all of us are night owls and early birds. Some people are simply more inclined towards sleep than others. And as long as you're getting enough sleep for your body's needs, there's no need to worry about whether or not these studies apply to you. However, if they do apply and if they've inspired you to make some changes in your life even just one small change that's great! If nothing else comes out of reading this article today except an appreciation for how much the right amount of rest can impact our lives positively then I would say that it was worth sharing ;)