Why Give a Damn:

You don’t have to do this one thing, but if you don’t you won’t be as productive as if you did and that’s a fact.

The author of this post, Ann Garvin is an author, speaker and professor of health, stress management, research methods and media literacy.

When I envision entrepreneurs in general and Unreasonable entrepreneurs in specific, it’s a Dickinsonian vision. Earnest women and men bent over in concentration, the burning of midnight oils, dark rings encircling eyes, thoughts consumed by problem solving. Pallor. Possibly scurvy.

It’s a romantic notion saving the world.

It’s a romantic notion saving the world. I dream of it myself, but as Shakespeare so famously wrote, “To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there’s the rub”. The rub is this, to dream one must sleep and I don’t mean that in the romantic way. I mean it in the get-into-bed-pull-covers-to-your-chin-and-shut-off-the-computer-way.

If you’re like me, when you read something that goes so brazenly against our own behavior we think, “That is so true, sleep is so important for people. Other people. Those people out there, but me, well I don’t need as much sleep and by the way, did I mention I’m saving the world. Besides, I do my best when stressed.”

That is so true, sleep is so important for people. Other people.

I wish I were British because I’d like to shout “Bollocks!” With the authority that only a British accent brings to that exclamation. Instead, I’m giving my very disappointed head shake, perfected by my mother in the seventies, complete with pursed lips.

People are such an optimistic bunch and famous for faulty logic. We think that because we are upright and continue to function that this is evidence that our lack of sleep is fully justified. But, the truth is that we don’t know how well we would perform if we had adequate sleep.

We don’t know how many dreams we could dream if our brains were fully rested.

We think that because we continue to function our lack of sleep is justified.

Let’s look at it scientifically. For an individual to know if their thinking is affected by the hours of sleep gotten in the past week, we would conduct a controlled study. There would be a chance to replay your week under the conditions of full-restful sleep and compare it to a sleep deprivation condition. A placebo should be employed, objective testing and time travel. You cannot know how lost sleep affects you on a project unless you can compare the exact conditions with and without sleep.

Ahhh, you are thinking, you misunderstand me. This reasoning does not apply to me, because in fact, I am not sleep deprived. I do not need the sleep that is recommended by experts who have spent their lives devoted to our nighttime needs.

Saving the world is like driving a car-it’s a dangerous pursuit if done with only one eye on the road.

This kind of thinking requires a bootcamp of sorts, a come to Jesus, a way to assess sleep behavior so that one can really see if what they believe about themselves is true. I’ve got just the thing. After a night of little sleep and before having consumed caffeine, do something boring right after lunch. Watch a video on proper vacuuming techniques, or a financial planning seminar with someone who has perfected the monotone lecture style. Or go driving on a long road with the heat on (and a person sitting next to you that will keep you safe). If you’ve had enough sleep (you are caught up in your sleep debt, you slept well the week before) you will fidget. You are bored and need stimulation and you will try to supply it. But, if you need sleep your body will take it. It will interpret this boring situation as a time to catch-up on rest. You will blink too long, your head will bob, yawning will occur. You are tired and your body will sleep.

In 2010 there were 250,000 car accidents due to sleep deprivation, which is easily assessed. A driver who is asleep does not slam on the brakes; there are no skid marks at the scene. Saving the world is like driving a car-it’s a dangerous pursuit if done with only one eye on the road. Save yourself, the world, and your life. Get some sleep.

About the author

Ann Garvin

Ann Garvin

Ann is an author, speaker and educator. As professor of health, stress management, research methods and media literacy at University of Wisconsin Whitewater, she has worked extensively in psychometrics, statistics and psychology. Ann is the author of On Maggie’s Watch & The Dog Year (Berkley Penguin, 2014).

  • Ha! Ann I think you should have put our fearless leader, Daniel Epstein’s name at the top of this post. 😀 Actually, Daniel just works best at 3am, so maybe he gets plenty of sleep, just not at the same time as the people in my house.

    If sleeping were an Olympic event, I could compete. And I definitely lose my “pleasing personality” if I don’t get enough (just ask my husband). I get excited about putting on my pi’s & crawling into my cozy bed. I count how many hours of sleep I’m going to get if I “fall asleep right this minute” and if that number is less than 8, I am not happy about it.

    I love this: “Saving the world is like driving a car-it’s a dangerous pursuit if done with only one eye on the road.” I think those that like to compare how productive they can be on as little sleep as possible would be amazed how creative and brilliant and ‘in the zone’ they might be with a good night’s sleep.

  • It wasn’t until about 6 months ago that I started sleeping 6-8 hours a night. Prior to that, I had about 8 years of my life where I slept very little because I was so obsessed with Startups. Today, I’m thankful and I LOVE getting a good night’s rest. That said, when I look back on the last 8 years, I’m not convinced that if I had slept more I would have achieved nearly as much. In many ways, I agree with the Yiddish Proverb that says “if you want your dreams to come true… Don’t sleep.”

    For me though, it’s less a productivity argument (as I do think If I slept 4 hours a night I would be more productive) but instead, it’s more of an “are you enjoying life” argument. Today, with sleep, the world is just a bit more of a happy, patient, and alive place. When I sleep, I see a lot more wonder… and that to me is important

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I wondered if you would weigh in, Dan. I think I read somewhere that you aren’t (or weren’t) a big sleeper.

    Some of the most exciting times in my life, were also accompanied by less sleep-I wonder sometimes if we go into a low level mania when we are single-focused and all the lights in the big house (our brain) are on.

    I’m not sure science knows if our jazzed sympathetic nervous system compensates for lost sleep, in the moment, and we make it up later (like in retirement) or it’s also possible that long term damage is being done and we’ll never know the effect of our lost zzzz’s.

    I learned the hard way. In college I lived by the motto “You can sleep when you’re dead”. In my first semester, I got mono, the second semester my tonsils became so inflamed I had to have them removed, and in the third semester my lung spontaneously collapsed in psychology class. I finally got the lesson in my second year and have been sleeping ever since.

    Since I’m healthier, I’m happier, so I guess I’m with you, Dan. If you’re in the hospital it’s hard to notice wonder.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Sandy, I think you and I are sleeping twins. For awhile I wanted a bumper sticker that said, I have The Lethargy and a license plate that says; NAP PRO.
    My most productive time is right away in the morning-5AM actually. I wake, get coffee, and get things done. Right around 3 PM I do a morning simulation. I take a quick snooze at my desk, get a coffee and it’s figuratively 5AM all over again.
    I come from a long line of nappers and I feel lucky that I can stop, drop, and drool.

  • Carolina

    I feel this article was very realistic and true. People need enough sleep to be able to function every day. It is a necessity for people to be able to go about their days. Without sleep I find myself not being able to concentrate and body shuts down. People need to take more seriously of how much sleep they get because in the end it benefits you a whole lot.

  • Amita Patel

    I completely agree! I find with myself and my clients that sleep needs to come first for productivity to truly be productive and aligned. What are ways you make sure you have enough sleep if, as you mention, we wouldn’t know how productive we could truly be?
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Rebecca Wilson

    It took me years of experiecne with sleep deprivation and constant nagging for me to finally learn what Ann is saying. Sleep is important from keeping healthy to being productive. Everyone, myself included, needs to be better about getting plenty of sleep.

  • Peyton Howard

    I completely agree with this article. Being a current college student I have learned that sleep is vital to have the energy and motivation to go about daily activities. Sleep is crucial for health and ones overall well being. Sleep is necessary in staying productive and healthy and sleep is something that needs to be taken much more seriously.

  • Teju Ravilochan

    Ok Ann, my comment is not about your post. I’m pro sleep, no arguments there.

    While reading this post, all I was asking is, “WHO IS THIS WOMAN?” I so admired the skillful way you shared a salient point persuasively with humor, personality, empathy for your audience, a Shakespeare reference, and even the word “Dickinsonian.” This may be the most well-written piece I have read on unreasonable.is.

    Then I looked you up and learned that you are an author and a creative writing professor. All I can say is: you are good. Really good. I want to read “The Dog Year” just to appreciate how you tell a story.

  • Courtlyn Carpenter

    For years, I have promoted getting enough sleep. Throughout high school, a number of my friends tried to function without sleep, but it was obvious that they could be more alert if they just let themselves get some rest. I went for a few years without enough sleep, and I began to notice a decreased productivity. When I noticed this decrease in productivity, I began to set bedtimes for myself. Now, being a college student, having a prescribed bedtime is a little bit odd to most of my peers, but at least I have been able to stay fully functional and aware during my first semester. Thank you for sharing such a great post promoting sleep – I may have to share this post with a number of my sleep-deprived friends!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Teju, you have just made my day (actually, maybe month). This is a tough time of year for me. Students sleep through class (not what I have in mind for catching up on sleep, mind you) and everyone is a little pissy during exam time. Thank you for taking the time to tell me.
    It’s a long wait for THE DOG YEAR so if you’d like to read ON MAGGIE’S WATCH-it’s already out there….though I believe THE DOG YEAR is a better book (they edit less as they trust you more).
    Anyway, thank you, I’m glad you like this and I’m so honored to be a part of Unreasonable.is

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Please share Courtlyn, sleep is my mission and we sleep crusaders need to stick together!!

  • Coincidence? Polyphasic? Monophasic? Sleep: IntelClinic (http://www.intelclinic.com ) – LeWeb’s 2013 winner startup. Was watching “live” via live.leweb.co (via youtube) and caught their whole finalist presentation.

    And now I read this article via a tweet from @documentally on the spelling of “bollocks”. Oh, how interwebs things connect… and I’m sleeping just fine, thank you. Article is very easy on the eyes. Pleasant to read.

  • I’m so glad the magic of the interwebs brought you here! And I just couldn’t resist going back and correcting “Bollocks” ha! (thanks)

  • Zach Perkins

    Awesome! This is certainly something that college students need to see. It is very difficult to get 8 hours of sleep as a college student. Students do too much socializing and have too much school work to do. No, those are just excuses. They just aren’t prioritizing sleep as they should be. You said it… “we don’t know how well we would perform if we had adequate sleep.” If students thought in these terms, “what could I accomplish”, rather than “I’m getting by”, then I think we would see priority changes among our college student population.

  • Collin Smith

    Thanks for taking the time to write this article. I think it’s so important for individuals to get sleep. Not just sleep, but the actual amount of sleep needed to perform productively. As a full-time college student and boyfriend holding 3 jobs, I could see myself disagreeing about how I can run perfectly on little to no sleep. It is essential, and as much as I want to argue that I can perform without sleep, I know that I am capable of performing, but not as productively.

  • Haley Horn

    I feel as if I sleep the most out of all of my friends, yet I still feel tired throughout the day. Maybe I am sleep deprived myself? Maybe the 9+ hours I get is too little? Or maybe too much? All of my friends run on little hours of sleep and I don’t know how in the world they function properly. Thank you for sparking an interest in my sleep schedule!

  • Brittney Glende

    The last paragraph you say it the best and really draw a picture in our minds on how sleep deprivation can be a dangerous thing in our lives. It can possibly take your life if you are not getting enough sleep. I myself agree with everything this article has to say, I am the type of person that needs 8 hours of sleep a night. If I do not get this I am not as motivated the next day and I feel sluggish. When I have my sleep I feel upbeat & motivated to accomplish many things. When you have enough sleep in your system you are more alert to things happening around you, but when you are sleep deprived you may miss something important and even life changing. Thank you Ann for posting this article, I have already shared it with my brother who is in college at WIU.

  • ghilonipt09

    Thank you for writing this article Ann Garvin. I agree with Brittney your life can be gone if you don’t get enough sleep. Sleep is the key ingredient everyone leaves out, I like the last paragraph how you give specific examples so people can picture what is going on in the article in their head. People must get 8 hours of sleep in college…do you think that really happens? No! Most students who need to rely on caffeine to make it through their day is probably sleep deprived. Do you think caffeine really does anything for people to be more productive throughout the day?

  • KevinThomson32

    In my opinion, as a college student I think caffeine helps you get through the day physically, but mentally I do not believe it helps. I believe you are working half as good as you really can be. I make sure I get eight or more hours of sleep a night, but of course, some nights that doesn’t happen and I pay for it that whole next day.

  • lepkowskjj29

    I really appreciate you writing this article Ann Garvin. I really liked the how you mentioned, you know when you’ve had enough sleep when you start to fidget. In my personal experience over winter break I worked two hard labor jobs. I stayed in Whitewater but would drive every morning to Milwaukee and work from 7AM-3PM and then drive to Johnson Creek and work 4PM-12AM and then drive back to Whitewater for a couple hours of sleep and do it all over again. After doing that for the entire break I really noticed the effects because even with the energy drinks and coffee by Thursday it was really hard for me to stay awake driving from job to job. Are there any other facts like the fidgeting that help you notice whether or not you’ve gotten enough sleep?

  • masterdan55

    Wow, what a great article Ann, thank you. I completely agree with you on the need for sleep. You made an example in the article about how if your body takes sleep when it needs it. I find this happening to when I am bored quite often. Must be a sign of sleep deprivation. This article helped me realize that i need more sleep to become fully functional. If athletes got more sleep i feel that their performance in that sport would greatly increase. How many hours of sleep would you recommend for a college student?

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  • Mcgrailkk30

    “After a night of little sleep and before having consumed caffeine, do something boring right after lunch.” This experiment is brilliant, and I’m sure most people will find themselves on the sleep deprived end of the spectrum. I can relate. I find myself hitting a wall in the middle of most days after I have eaten lunch and could use a nap. That’s all my body wants to do. I rely on coffee a little more than I should. I have recently tried breaking this habit, so I’m excited to have read this article. It gives me more reason to continue. I know it is recommended that college students sleep 9 hours a night, but what do you recommend if that just isn’t possible?

  • Connor Driscoll

    This is perhaps my favorite blog so far because it applies to most college students who are known for their ability to function with little or no sleep. I am a perfect example of this and I thought that I was doing things the right way my first few years in college getting 6 hours of sleep per night. Then, junior year, I decided that while I was functioning, I was perhaps not functioning to the best of my abilities. I began to set aside 9 hours of sleep per night and I cannot tell you how much more alert I am in class, when driving, when working out, etc. If I could communicate with Ann Garvin right now, I would ask did you have an experience like mine during your college days as well?

  • jkailing

    Sleep. I think that sleep is one of the most overlooked
    things when people are trying to get and stay healthy. I know too many people
    that don’t get anywhere near enough sleep, and claim that they don’t need it. I know that when I don’t get enough sleep even
    though I can function and survive the day, I don’t feel as good as I could and
    if I exercise that day I have noticeably less energy. When I have enough sleep
    I am also able to focus in class so much more. I would recommend that all college students, or
    people in general try and set aside a few more hours of sleep for a week and
    see how it effects them in day to day life. To me sleep is one of the most
    important factors in leading a healthy lifestyle. One question I would ask the
    author is would you recommend naps if getting the correct number of hours of
    sleep isn’t possible?

  • Ryan Repta

    I agree with you, Ann Garvin. Sleep deprivation is an issue that should definitely be taken more seriously. I take much pride in this topic, mostly due to the fact of the dangers that it can cause on the roads. That statistic you mentioned about the number of car accidents due to a lack of sleep is alarming. I once fell asleep behind the wheel for only a few seconds, and it resulted in the cops being called on me and following me to my destination. Luckily, this is all that occurred; the result could have been way more severe. If I had the pleasure of meeting Ann Garvin in person, I would ask her if she has ever been a part of an automobile accident due to sleep deprivation. I would be very much interested to hear her response.

  • Kendra Larson

    It is true, when people read something like this, they instantly think “oh yes, sleep is so important” and they think “but this does not completely apply to me, I get enough sleep”. I myself admit to thinking this at one time or another. People do not like to examine their problems, instead they enjoy examining the problems of others. This happens all the time, seeing a person falling asleep in class is funny and most people would point and laugh at that person. They say “that person needs to get more sleep”, but when they are the person who is falling asleep in class, it becomes a different issue. Their excuse is simply that the lecture was boring and they could not manage to stay awake. However, the real reason that they fell asleep was because they did not get enough sleep. We as college students need to learn to manage sleep better. It is a struggle though, cramming study time in, while having to do homework assignments, and write a 6 page paper, that is all due around the same time. It seems like there is no time to get the amount of sleep that is needed. But if you can’t manage to get a good nights sleep, and get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, your brain and body will suffer for it. Thank you Ann Garvin for sharing this article. I know you are a full time mom and teach and write and do all sorts of time consuming things, how do you manage to stay alert all the time?

  • WolfgramKA06

    I definitely agree with this article. I love my sleep, and I do not know how people function with so little sleep. My brother sleeps about four hours a night because he feels that he needs to be constantly doing something and that he is bettering himself by “pulling all-nighters” during exams. It’s ridiculous! So in reality, I think to myself, I want to help him and I want to tell other people to just get some freaking sleep! Please! But people don’t listen and they go on with their daily lives thinking that they are accomplishing more and doing something powerful by fighting their urge to rest. My question to you is, how do I influence people like my brother to get more sleep? It’s so difficult to persuade him. I could show him this article, but I don’t think he’d listen. It’s hard to make people realize the importance of sleep. I wish people would just try to get their 8 hours and see how much better they feel and how much more productive they will be.

  • Daniel Preuss

    I never really watched my sleeping patterns to in depth, but the older that I get, the more my sleep seems to have an effect on my lifestyle and this article really sparked a new desire in me to get a better nights rest and more of it.

  • Jake Eckhardt

    I notice a huge difference in my general quality of life when I’m getting adequate sleep along with a regular sleep-wake cycle. Once I get in that zone of having good sleeping habits I eventually slip out of them due to other temptations and then rationalizing it as if it were something else that had been making me feel better. However, deep down I know it’s the sleep. I’ve gotta get back on it!

  • treehugger90

    Great article! I know that I do not get enough sleep a lot of the time, especially during the week. I always feel I never have enough time in my day to do everything that I want to do. I wish my mind would shut off, but it likes to be active and I feel like I always have to be doing something all the time. Do you have any suggestions on calming an active mind down?

  • Jessica Walker

    Love this article, and I love that is is about sleep (my favorite thing). It is true, just like exercise, so many people know that you need it and that it’s good for you, yet so many people don’t do it. I have met so many people who think they are superheroes and live on 4 hours of sleep every night. Little do they know, this will catch up to them and they will burn out. Sleep is so detrimental to your day to day life, and can get you so far. Being productive starts out with having enough sleep. If everyone got 8 hours of sleep at night, they wouldn’t be falling asleep every time they tried to do something productive. So yes, it seems a little counterintuitive, but you have to sleep first to be productive in your day. What do you think the statistic is of people who actually get the recommended hours of sleep per night?

  • Tyler Steinmetz

    Thanks for sharing this article!! So many people don’t see the importance of sleep and how harmful it is to their body when they don’t get enough. It is so hard to be productive when you don’t get enough sleep and I know that I just drag through the day not feeling 100%. I want to feel one-hundred percent every day that I am on this earth and enjoy the time I have and it all starts with how much sleep I got the night before. Sleep is just like anything else in that everyone knows it’s good for you but barely any of the population actually does it. It’s just like working out, or eating right, more people need to do it to improve their personal quality of life. I thought the number of accidents related to sleep deprivation was really high but I can see why it is so high because so many people aren’t getting enough sleep. Do you think the number of these accidents has gone up or down in the past 4 years?

  • tjbaumeister08

    Thank you for sharing this. I am definitely sleep deprived but justify it because I have been doing it since high school so I must be ok. I don’t like to take naps because since I am so sleep deprived they end up turning into slumbers instead. I’ve also tried going to bed earlier but I either can’t fall asleep for a couple of hours or I wake up at like 2am. I usually can only sleep about 5 to 6 hours a night before automatically waking up. Any tips on how I could get myself to sleep longer than 5 to 6 hours?

  • Marian326

    Oh so true! I have spent many days, weeks, months, and years going on too little sleep. This is most likely one of the reasons I am FAT! That is another story.
    Thank you Ann for your direct approach to something that is so vital to our overall health. My mother has always been a napper. Now I believe the reason for that is that she has never been a good sleeper, and so she was sleep deprived, and so took a nap. She created a vicious cycle.
    What I did learn from my mom is that taking a nap can be a good thing, and I did this good thing during the years of raising children. I find myself now needing and making sure that I get 9 hours of sleep each night. When I do this on a regular basis I feel so much better, and I’m less grumpy, which is good for the world.

  • sarahbrooks

    Thank you for sharing your article.
    Sleep is very important!! It helps you become more alert , and you
    can understand and think more clearly as you go through the day. I do
    not find it surprising at all that 250,000 accidents are due to sleep
    deprivation. Being in college, I know how hard it is to get the
    amount of sleep I need to feel like I can function properly the next
    day. Some people can function on less sleep compared to others, and I
    think that it is very important for people to figure out how many
    hours is enough for them each night. How can we fix this problem if
    people claim they are too busy for sleep, or if they have insomnia?

  • Kait Harman

    What an awesome article! Everyone should read this so they know how important sleep truly is. Its amazing how many accidents there are and it is not okay to be driving even if a person is tired. I am curious what is the age that has the most drivers falling asleep while driving?

  • Kait Harman

    What an awesome article! Everyone should read this so they know how important sleep truly is. Its amazing how many accidents there are and it is not okay to be driving even if a person is tired. I am curious what is the age that has the most drivers falling asleep while driving?

  • Rebekkah Houda

    Thank you for this article it was great! After taking your stress management class I’ve realized how important this to get enough sleep. This article just reiterates everything you say in your classes. I know when I drive home sometimes there are times I need to just pull over and take a quick little nap, but I usually just keep driving. Do you this that numbers of accidents has gone up in the past couple years? And if so, why?

  • Jessica Andrew

    Thank you for sharing this article! I found this very interesting. Being a college
    student, with a busy life, it is hard for me to get the same amount of hours of sleep a night. I try to get about 7- 8 hours of sleep a night. That doesn’t always happen. Between having a job, doing school work, being involved in clubs, and maintaining a social life, it is hard for me to get to bed at the same time every night. Also with different classes in the mornings with different times, I can never wake up at the same time. It is also hard for me to take naps during the day. I get one in every once in a while but it doesn’t always happen. This article is important for everyone to read because people don’t think they need sleep which everyone does. A question that I have for you is how do you get someone like me to regulate their sleep better?

  • AmandaBrom

    Thank you for this
    great article. I love sleeping! It is by far my favorite part of the day. When
    you climb into bed and your head hits the pillow and you know no matter what
    happened that day it is over with and tomorrow is a new day. I think this
    article is important for everyone to read because it’s not just the people who
    go out and party all night that effected by this, it’s everyone! Since I run
    track and cross country I see how important sleep is every day I run. When I
    didn’t get a good night’s rest I’m counting down the seconds until I’m done
    running. Reading about the car accidents is a scary sight and it is also very
    preventable. What is a good way for someone to start changing their sleep

  • Anthony Urbanski

    Great article! We simply can’t underestimate the power of sleep. Many people neglect sleep because they are to busy, well that’s bologna. How can you be to busy to recharge your system so you can function at 100%. The power of sleep needs to be study more. Any thoughts on how to do it?

  • Jack Delabar

    Thanks, Ann. As a man who LOVES his naps, I can say that getting enough sleep is absolutely essential for my performance in school and life in general. There is a noticeable difference when I don’t get enough sleep. I get cranky and can only think about how good my bed is going to feel when I get home. Is there a such thing as too much sleep? I’m pretty sure there is, but what are the effects? Something to look into…

  • barczakdm08

    Thanks for the very insightful article! I am all for mid day naps, i take one almost every day. Now I only sleep for about 30 mins because anything longer than that messes with my whole sleep cycle. Naps are very important, after them I feel more alert than before also I feel like can accomplish more. More people need to realize how beneficial naps are!

  • ghilonipt09

    I think the key element is by setting an alarm that lets you know to go to SLEEP! I have a buddy that does this now and it works for him…it is just a good reminder saying yes your body needs sleep and you must go to bed soon. Staying up all night and cramming for a test is the worst option possible…why do you think this is?

  • Tammy Hartmann

    Thanks, and I agree with you 100%, Ann. According to huffingtonpost.com, Toronto’s Ryerson University found that 30-40% of couples sleep apart at night. Earlier research has shown that sleeping in a bed with a partner can be
    bad for your health. One British study found that couples experience as
    much as 50% more disturbances when sleeping next to someone than sleeping alone. Is it normal to feel strange about sleeping apart even if on a trial basis? Unfortunately, people often misjudge if they learn that a couple sleeps apart, thinking it means there are problems. The opposite is true: it could save relationships and help promote well-beings, which could increase productivity in the family.

  • Leahrebout

    Thanks for proving it is okay to sleep! So many people see sleep as a weakness and think that those who actually try to get adequate sleep are wasting time. What they may not realize, is that those of us who are getting sleep instead of staying up studying or playing video games are probably performing better the next day. The staying up at night is actually just wasting time of productivity the day after. How would you recommend someone to start changing their sleeping patterns when their body may not be used to going to sleep at a decent hour?

  • LaurenSE

    I had no idea that many car accidents were caused by sleep deprivation. That is shocking, one might say eye opening. It woke me up! I understand that we can’t get hours of sleep every night, but people need to make it more of a priority nearly every night of the week. I know I don’t need to be persuaded to shut my eyes. Not being able to function at my 100% best, not being as chipper as I could be, feeling groggy; not for me! Why is it that so many people brush sleep off and don’t make it a priority? It is just as important as healthy eating and exercise. The three tiers of healthy happy living!

  • strakaJA01

    Thanks for this! I specifically remember talking about this in class. What you are saying about functioning on enough sleep versus not enough is so true! Last year I tried a routine where I went to bed by 10 pm everyday and woke up around 7 or 8 am depending on the day. I saw a huge change in myself and I felt great! The sad part now is that I need to get back in this routine…but I always tell myself that I am too busy. Getting enough sleep will always be a goal of mine! Do you have a routine where you go to bed at the same time every night? What do you do on the weekends?

  • Cory Zaeske

    As a college student I can really buy in to this concept. Before being educated about the benefits of getting enough sleep I was one that would stay up all night cramming information the night before the exam. Thinking that I was well prepared I would go in to the exam, take the exam, and we can just say my brain wasn’t functioning right. I was dumbfounded by my grade because I had been up all night studying. It wasn’t until I learned the benefits of a good night sleep (and better study habits) that my grades skyrocketed. Sleep can literally save a life and a good night sleep makes you feel so good the next day!

  • ghilonipt09

    I have the same routine every day. You just need to get over the two week hump and get into the same routine. Even on the weekends try and stay on the same sleeping pattern or else that next week will be a drag…Getting enough sleep is a must especially for college students that want to be successful individuals someday!

  • strakaJA01

    Thanks for the advice! I know that “they” say that you are not supposed to sleep in on the weekends because it throws off your sleeping schedule. Unless of course it is a one time thing where your body clearly needed it. I guess getting over that two week hump is just like exercising in the way that it is hard to keep a schedule. You really have to work at it. I know that when I tried the going to bed early thing I felt so good the next day! I was able to get so much more done, and I had a more positive outlook on things.

  • Ryan R

    I completely agree with your sentiments, Tyler Steinmetz. I understand the rejection you must feel as a result of not having your question answered by Ann Garvin. So I will go ahead and tell you that if I had to guess, I would say that the number of sleep-related accidents has gone up annually.

  • pinsolera

    It’s true. But it can be so difficult to get the recommended amount of sleep because of loads of homework. But, that’s where time management comes into play.

  • GraceFelion

    This semester has been extremely hectic but I’ve really tried my best to get regular sleep. I really do think I’ve seen a difference. I could still use more but I am trying to get what I can and keep track of it. It’s amazing just how many apps there are that are simply for measuring your sleep! Now that I am aware of my sleep debt, I know when I need to get more sleep and I definitely am a more productive person. Thank you for your post!

  • aulm92

    Lol i like the pun. But It honestly really surprised me as well. I feel like so many people don’t realize how important sleep really is to everything we do, and I mean everything. Although there are times where I am tired all day and then when it finally becomes time to go to bed my brain is racing at a million miles an hour and I just can’t fall asleep. Drives me nuts!

  • TeamGarvin

    As a college student this article hits home. There are days where I have nothing going on the next day and I stay up late and sleep way to much, because it just feels so good to sleep in. Then there are the days where I have class or have to work the next day and I still go to bed at the same time because my sleep schedule is just so jacked up. I then wake up in the morning and I either skip class or I go and have to clue what’s going on because I am so tired. Or I have to work and feel groggy all day. If only I got out of this college mode and put myself on a normal sleep schedule I could get more done. I like your one eye analogy when driving. It makes me think that maybe I go throughout my day with one eye open and miss half of what I’m suppose to learn. My goal in the future years at school is to produce a healthy sleep schedule.

  • pinsolera

    Very true. It can be super hard to get sleep, especially around this time during finals week. But for people that say that are too busy for sleep, sometimes people work so darn late that that is the truth. But for those who go to bed late in school, but we know they can go to bed early, telling them they’ll be more productive and get more stuff done the next day if they get sleep is one piece of advice to give them. It’s all about if it’s important to you or not. Sometimes, it’s impossible to get sleep if you’re truly busy. But I think for many, they can do it, myself included.

  • pinsolera

    Thank you for posting this article. I too can sometimes be affected by sleep deprivation. It can be very scary, especially when in class I feel myself getting extremely tired during a test and I know that shouldn’t happen. I’ve been working hard to try to correct that and it has worked, but we always have something to get better with. But, I’ve noticed that even if I did not get as much done as I could have, but got a decent amount of sleep, I get more done than just staying up late trying to cram. What are some ways that you do in order to get more sleep?

  • pinsolera

    I agree with you on the one eye reference. Or the stool reference Ann said in class. We already deal with enough stress during the day and through our lives. When we kick out a leg from the stool, we lose even more support to sustain the stress. And that leg is sleep. It can be so hard to will ourselves to go to sleep, which sounds ridiculous, but with so much going on with friends and other things, it can be really hard.

  • TeamGarvin

    Thank you for sharing that. I completely forgot about the stool reference. It is true it’s hard to balance all that we already do with just two legs of a three legged stool.

  • pinsolera

    It’s no problem. And you’re right, it isn’t exactly easy. That’s why Ann stresses time management all the time because of that reason alone. You already knew that, but it can be hard sometimes to be consistent with that.

  • Janna Bartels

    I agree with you. Especially lately, I’ve been staying up way later than I need to… I think form of procrastination? Why do I do that? I always wake up in the morning regretting it. I think the best way for me to get good sleep is when I’m exerting myself during the day. If I have a lazy day I tend to stay up too late, but when I have a busy day I’m ready for sleep! Thank you, Ann, for your post!

  • Kevin Weber

    I find sleep to be just as important as exercise. I am always conscious about how much sleep I get, although it may not be the best all the time. I agree with your last part. I tend to think WAY too much just before sleep.

  • Kevin Weber

    Thanks for the article Ann! The last paragraph is eye-opening. Just that fact alone should get peoples attention. People don’t realize how important sleep is. They instead put it as a second priority behind work. You always here people complaining about not getting enough sleep, but you never see them change their sleep habits. They aren’t helping themselves out. With the proper amount of sleep comes a productive day with no sleepiness to distract you.

  • aulm92

    It is for sure just as important as exercising, our bodies do most of its recovering during sleep. Do you ever feel like you have a harder time falling asleep the nights that you don’t workout?

  • aulm92

    Wow I didn’t know that so many couples slept separate from each other. I mean I can’t say that it surprises me that sleeping with someone will increase the amount of disturbances though. Personally, I would still want to sleep in the same bed as my significant other, anything else would feel way too odd.

  • Kevin Weber

    Not that I’ve noticed. I seem to be the same whether I workout or not. But since I workout at night most of the time, I’m finding myself drinking a cup of coffee to give me that boost. How about you? Do you feel like you sleep better on nights after a workout?

  • aulm92

    Actually I do find it that its harder to fall asleep on nights that I don’t workout, I feel like i have so much stored energy and I get super antsy. I find it especially true if I don’t workout for multiple days in a row. I’m surprised that the caffeine late at night doesn’t keep you up. How long after your workout do you usually go to bed?

  • aulm92

    I agree, sleep really does need to be studied more. Anything we as humans can’t live without should be researched. The problem is our brain is way more complicated that we can even fathom right now. I don’t think that the technology is good enough right now to do the kind of research we need to do to get real answers.

  • aulm92

    Oh i can totally relate, the worst feeling is when you first wake up in the morning and your initial thought is “when will I be able to go back to bed”. I find that their is an extremely noticeable difference in my production between when I’m sleep deprived and when I have had plenty of sleep.

  • Kevin Weber

    I usually have about 3 or 4 hours after my workout, before I go to bed. One bad habit I have though is eating before bed. I become hungry after my workout and give in. Do you find a particular part of the day to workout, that helps you fall asleep quicker at night?

  • aulm92

    I gotcha, that isn’t bad then. When I workout at night it takes about that long for me to finally get tired, I always find that I have so much energy about 30ish minutes after my workouts and would have a hard time falling asleep. Usually I find that a morning or early afternoon workout does the trick where I get tired around a normal time. I also have the same problem with eating late at night before bed. Does eating make you tired and help you sleep?

  • Kevin Weber

    Eating doesn’t help me fall asleep at all. If anything it wakes me up a bit. I know this happens, and yet I still do it. How often do you take naps on a weekly basis?

  • aulm92

    If I take a nap I will be up for all of eternity, so I try to avoid them most of the time, even if I am tired. If I had to put a number on it, I would say I probably nap 2-3 times a month. How about yourself? Do you find naps to be beneficial?

  • Kevin Weber

    On average, I nap 3-4 times a week. I find it beneficial, but it can leave me groggy the rest of the day. It’s a nice refresher, but I try to take it in moderation. Also, naps tend to not affect my sleep at night.

  • aulm92

    I agree, I find it extremely difficult to get the 7-8 hours of sleep I need with everything that I have going on in my life. I really try to make it a priority to get sleep though, because I know that it will help me with all of the other things overall and allow me to be more productive. Something that works for me is making sleep a priority and really structuring my activities around it the best I can.

  • aulm92

    That’s must be nice being able to take naps without it affecting your sleep at night. How long do you normally nap for? I’ve heard that if you nap too long it can really make you feel groggy like you were explaining.

  • Kevin Weber

    I try to shoot for a half hour nap, but many times it lasts an hour. That gives me that groggy feeling, which makes me want to sleep more haha. That’s why I try to limit the amount of times I nap.

  • aulm92

    That’s another reason why I don’t nap either. My alarm goes off and I just end up turning it off and sleeping for much longer than I intended and wake up groggy and end up staying up much too late.

  • Tyler Pierce

    Ann, this article really hit home with the fact that something I am just satisfied with the fact that I am at work and getting my work done regardless if my eyes are only half open. I am sure I am less productive, causing me to stay at work longer, causing me to get the rest I need because I have to stay at work longer to caught up. It seems like a never ending cycle. Do you need the same amount of sleep every night?

  • Jeremy Demos

    Since sleep is so important to our health, does this mean we can have less homework? Or at least an assignment to take a 30 minute nap? You can’t blame a guy for asking! At any rate, it is way too easy to get behind on your sleep in college or once you’ve hit the working class. When I was teaching at a private military boarding school I would average nearly 80-90 hours a week for the first six weeks while the boys were getting settled in and the ‘basic training’ portion would last. I also remember our drill sergeants when I was in basic training swapping out taking naps in the back of our classes. God help us if we nodded off though…

  • Nathan Gillette

    I think americans are so sleep deprived because we as a society are procrastinators. We don’t like to do things until, well we have to, and this doesn’t take place until its to late. I think of why so many college students are struggling besides the obvious of staying out until 3 am and eating poorly but the choices made throughout the day can effect your sleep hours. Ya some students do have really hard classes but most are serious procrastinators. The only ones who have an excuse are mothers and fathers who are actively tending to their children. i guess that could be any where from 12-30 years depending on the situation. I think sleep is vital to function and i can tell when i haven’t gotten enough. I wonder how many hours are spent per person procrastinating. So if everyone was as productive as they could be there would be no issues on sleep.

  • Reece Raethke

    As a society, Americans are overloaded with work. We work 40-50 hour weeks, usually sitting at a desk and by the time we get home all we want to do is sit in front of the tv and stuff our faces. Then we usually stay up too late catching up on tv shows, eating or playing video games….by the time we finally decide to go to bed the brain is overstimulated and can’t fall asleep, or the body is restless because it has received zero physical activity for the day. Go to bed a few minutes earlier a night (without watching tv, staying on the computer etc.) and other health changes will surely follow.

  • kkachel

    You are so right when you say that we all know everyone else needs sleep.
    A few years ago, I commuted to work 45 minutes each way. While driving home after work one February about 4:30p.m., I fell asleep behind the wheel as I was passing a semi tractor trailer on a four lane highway. The truck driver laid on the horn like crazy and woke me up. I am lucky to still be here to talk about it.

  • Kyle moore

    The ideals behind sleep are justified through studies and in the Harvard sleep good book. The books dicusses that yes some people can function on 5-6 hours of sleep and others 8. But in reality, people get sleep deprived and collect a running total of hours that they have to use at another time. Sleeping and driving or working are two very common occurances because people think that they slept enough but in reality didnt and think its okay that they dozed off for a few seconds. Well in those few seconds a swerve of the car can take your life or the people next to you. What I am saying is get sleep, you need it to be alert and ready to go about your days.

  • hensella

    Tyler brings up a great point and it is discussed in our book about catching up on sleep. I believe it is called your sleep debt, but i’m sure most people don’t know about it. You bring up a good point in your article about car accidents and people being fatigued. You are starting to see that now when driving on the interstate. There are signs that say “fatigued driving is unsafe.”

  • Aaron Ackerman

    I think in college it is pretty accurate when they say pick two of the three: sleep, good grades, social life. There are only so many hours in a day and with one of the main social activities in college is going out at night. This sometimes leads you to the decision of sleeping through that 8am class or waking up and suffering the consequences of sleep deprivation. I strive hard to get all my work done during the week and kick back more on the weekends but finding this happy medium is sometimes easier said than done.

  • Robert Murdock

    I remeber always saying I’ll sleep when I’m dead, and have had a ew close calls when it comes to driving tired. The older and more knowledgable I become on the importance of sleep, I wish that I knew the secret to time travel so I could go back in time and beat the crap out of my younger self for saying such nonsense. I love to sleep now, while at times finding it difficult, I do make honest attempts to catch up on my sleep debt so that I do not run into similar situations as I had in my youth when I thought I could get by with only an hour or two of sleep for a few days straight.

  • Sharmaine A.

    I completely agree. There are not enough hours in a day and it seems like you always have to put things off until the next day. You will always lack in something. If you decided to study for your test you will have the next morning then sleep, you will be missing out on your friends meeting up for a late night party. You could study then go out but you wont get as much sleep.

  • Eric H

    People never want to sleep because they say the day isn’t long enough to be sleeping 8 hours a day. Well, my thinking is that would you rather sleep 5 hours and be miserable all day, or sleep 8 hours and feel refreshed all day. I choose the latter. In college, people are always staying up to 3 or 4 in the morning studying for a test the next day. This is not productive at all! We need to manage our day around our sleep, not when it is convenient. I would like to take more naps, but I always wake up from them over tired. Is there any way to monitor how long a nap should be?

  • Travis Ricci

    Looking at the saying ill sleep when i am dead is the exact thing we all say when we are having fun or when we just don’t want to go to bed. But recent years have shown that you cant keep pushing your body to the limits of sleep it will fight you back and at the end of the day it will win because it needs it you don’t need to be partying endlessly for days on end. Everyone needs to way the odds I need sleep to continue living and healthy, I don’t need to stay up every night to watch Conan when i have a class at 7 am.

  • Justin Shelton

    In addition to your statement about sleeping and driving. I took a motorcylce class a while back now but I remember an interesting fact that the teacher told us. The fact was that “being awake for 18 to 20 hours is the same as having a .08 BAC.” To add that to people thinking it is okay to doze off for a few seconds, sleep is a necessity and you need it for your safety and the safety of others.

  • Kevin Semler

    It seems right that sleep always seems to be deemed at important, but never really taken seriously because we always have “better things to do”. The fact is that all these so called things that need to be done would be accomplished so much easier and with such better quality if people were well-rested. I, too, am often guilty for believing that I am well-rested, just because I am getting through my day with both eyes open. However, many of those days I am lying to myself because all I am really dreaming of is taking a nap. Sleep is important for all people, even the ones who are saving the world.

  • Sydney Sipos

    It’s so easy to stay on Buzzfeed or other websites until the wee hours of the morning, but it’s hard to see the effects of extra sleep until after a few days. But I can vouch for the fact that extra sleep if the best feeling ever. Realizing that while you’re driving you are energized enough in the morning to sing along with the radio is a real eye-opener to how bad your sleep normally is.

  • Brady Sexton

    I think many people have such an issue with sleep because they do not make it a priority. Making sleep a priority requires planning and self control. Planning so you do not put off tasks till the last minute and then change your sleep schedule to get them done. Self control so you do not stay up late on the computer or social media feeds. I have heard the lectures and am fully aware of how much the proper sleep could help me, but until I change my habits I will not get the sleep on a consistent basis. I can bet with 100% certainty I am not the only one that lacks sleep for these reasons.

  • Ronny

    Reading this article I have come to notice that I have a terrible sleep pattern. its almost like an addiction to try to get out of it seems so hard with so many distractions. I like to comfort myself by thinking of my friend he says sleep is deaths cousin.

  • katrina brown

    I have always had poor sleeping habits. Many factors playing their part in my sleep deprivation. Over the course of my life i know i must have accumulated an overwhelming amount of sleep debt. For that reason it is hard to say or be sure how productive i would be with the deserved amount of sleep for my body to function at its best. The question is for myself on this one…. Am i willing to invest the time to maintain quality sleep so that eventually my body will be relieved of its sleep debt and its symptoms and have a real chance to ‘save the world’.

  • earose14

    Reading this article it makes complete sense. It is very important to get the right amount of sleep other wise you dont function correctly. Especially college students that think they can sleep when there dead. I used to think that but soon realized it puts a toll on your body if you dont sleep well so it is very important for people to know this. Like it said in the article some dont need to recommended sleep. I agree and disagree on that part because some people just become immune to there sleep schedule. I dont quite understand how some function on little sleep and could be just as fine as someone who got the full amount of sleep. Thank you for sharing this article with us.

  • Sam Kuchenreuther

    I agree with a lot of stuff in this article. I always liked having a good sleeping pattern. I think it is the most important thing when it comes to health. It gives you energy to get through the day and if you don’t have energy, then your day is ruined. Thank you Ann! What would you suggest to someone who is suffering from insomnia?

  • warnlofjc20

    I completely agree with this article. A lot of people really don’t realize how important a good nights sleep really is, sure you’ll notice yourself being a little sleepy throughout the next day but the article brings up a really good point that you can’t really know what your’e missing out on if you cant see the results from both well slept and under slept. One question I would like to ask is do you think its equally important to not get too much sleep as it is to not get too little? I’ve noticed a few times that when I sleep for 9 hours or more a night the next day I’m a little slow going almost like I have kind of sleep hangover. Thanks for posting, I’ll definitely be trying out the boring activity after lunch to see the affects myself.

  • Nicole Myers

    Very interesting ending with the way you explained how you would know if you got enough sleep. I have never thought about that and I am sure that I am not the only one that has had long blinks on a car ride. I took a lot from your class: Stress Management and have really been working on my sleep. I think this is a great article and should be explained to others more often. Thank you for the great past!

  • HelpHealth002

    Thanks for writing this article Professor Garvin! I sadly don’t get as much sleep as I need and am one of those people that acts as if it doesn’t affect me. The point you made about how a person doesn’t really know how they would truly perform unless they had enough quality sleep really hit me. I never thought about how much more efficient I could be if I had more sleep because I’ve come to think of my sleep deprived self as my normal ‘self’. This article is great for everybody to read but especially college students because we are constantly trying to balance school, studying, work and sleep, as well as time to hangout with friends. It’s very difficult. Do you have any advice for college students who are struggling to balance out their lives?

  • Hannah Leggett-Hintz

    I literally love this article, because it explains my life as a college student. In every ‘boring’ scenario throughout my days, I will nod off. I WILL blink too long, I WILL yawn, and my head WILL bob back and forth. I truly recognized this problem in my Stress Management. Not that I would ever nod off in that class, but because I get super groggy at that point and after in my morning. I decided to make that my one change a year behavior change. Getting eight hours of sleep a night. I’d constantly be running on five and four and five again hours of sleep every other night. My body probably hated me so, I hated me for it. I know this needs to change.

  • Catey Navarro

    For a long time I have known that sleep is a priority for me. I never like to skip on sleep because I know that the next day will suffer. I hate not feeling 100% and it is something that I can control so there really isn’t much of an argument of why I am not getting the sleep I want. I don’t like hearing people complain about their lack of sleep because all I can think about is what did you do the night before that you couldn’t have gone to bed a little earlier.

  • Ananda Conlon

    In my younger years of college, I was convinced that I didnt need sleep. I had far too many things that were a higher priority. I now realize how important it truly is for me. I now make sure that I get 8 hours of sleep a night. Looking back, the things that I was convinced were so important were really rather minuscule. I am not a more well rounded person because I stayed up watching one more episode of a TV show or devouring one more bag of popcorn with my friends. Yes, I have great memories from my freshmen year at 3 in the morning, but now I also don’t feel the urge to be napping at 3 in the afternoon.

  • hasselbemj31

    I totally agree with this article. I have always knew that I needed sleep to function. I was always the student that went to bed as earlier as I could if I had nothing else to do. I know my body and I know that if I don’t get 8-10 hours of sleep throughout the night I will be tired and I will not be able to function up to my ability. Usually when I don’t get enough sleep that my body needs, I have no control over falling asleep when I get home from classes. I usually take this opportunity up by taking naps in between my classes if needed. Iv’e learned that by fighting it will only make you crabbier, forget information, and dread to be in class.

  • Natasha Tynczuk

    I completely agree with this article. There are times when I don’t get as much sleep as I need, but most of the time I do. I make sleep a priority in my life because I know I will feel like crap the next day if I don’t get any sleep. I hate not feeling 100% all of the time, and not feeling good takes a toll on my school work and personal life.

  • karinaz10

    I love sleep! Sleep deprivation is definitely not a problem for me. I make sure to get 6-7 hours every night. I like feeling recharged and refreshed the following morning. However, I sometimes feel I get too much sleep. If I sleep for 8-10 hours I wake up the next day feeling like crap. My eyes are puffy and I’m tired! Is there such thing as too much sleep? Why am I feeling this way?

  • Aarynn Bosshart

    I totally agree! Sometimes after sleeping in I feel even more tired. However, I don’t know if I believe that you truly LOVE sleep if on a regular basis you only give yourself 6-7 hours…

  • Aarynn Bosshart

    Thank you for this blog. It was a really good reminder. Sometimes I too easily get into the “sleep when I’m dead” mentality. However, I might find myself dead sooner than I’d like if I keep that up. It is hard being a commuter student with 18 credits, a job, a husband, and somewhat of a social life. Sometimes sleep just seems like the least important task in my day. As a rule of thumb, I do all that I can to not get less than 6.5 hours of sleep, but I really function best on 8 hours. Is it true that sleep debt doesn’t go away unless you catch up on that lost sleep? If that is true, I have probably have some gigantic debt built up over the last 8 years of high school and college…

  • mankobj22

    The amount of sleep that we individually acquire on a nightly basis differs greatly from case to case. Some of us are able to work diligently throughout the day after only sleeping for 4-5 hours the previous night, while others need 10+ hours of sleep to even function. This leads to the non-sleepers who still manage to be productive to not believe the rest of us when we tell them that we need every hour of our sleep to be just like them. You painted a great picture when you talked about knowing what the full potential of a non-sleeper who is is still productive might be if they also acquired an adequate amount of sleep every night. They would be better than they already are, which is a great thing. Now we just to get them to believe this as well.

  • Nathan

    Thank you! Sleep is such an important tool to our body and not a lot of people take advantage of it. It lets every thing in your body rebuild and function properly. I wonder how people would feel if they actually got to much sleep?

  • Jessica White

    I don’t think people realize how sleep deprived they are on a regular basis. I’ve experience people telling me that if they sleep in or get an extra few hours of sleep, they feel groggy and blame it on getting too much sleep. To solve this, they continue to stay up late, get up early for class and provide themselves with a steady stream of caffeine. What they don’t realize is, typically, the reason why they are groggy is because their body has hours upon hours of sleep to catch up and if is provided with that extra rest that it needs, their sleep cycle changes. Yes you are groggy. That’s because your body was in mid cycle and still refilling its tanks! I’m guilty of the caffeine intake. I typically need my coffee in the morning in order to function but lately I’ve been trying to go to bed 30 min to an hour earlier than I usually do. It has helped a lot! I still feel that I “need” the coffee some mornings but I don’t require it regularly anymore. It’s a nice piece of mind knowing that I’m doing my body some good. Thanks Ann

  • CoachDavis24

    I think I may be sleep deprived. I have a hard time driving at night if I have to drive a long ways. While watching a movie a tend to fall asleep. I usually get 6-7 1/2 hours of sleep a night. Usually closer to 7 a night. This must not be enough for me. Maybe I should get some more sleep every night. Thank you Ann for opening my eye’s to my sleep deprivation.

  • Mitch Sween

    Thanks for the post.
    I agree with aspect that you make you are have a full nights rest. Dependent on the individual everyone needs 6-9 hours of sleep a night.

  • knapprl17

    Thank you for this post! the examples you gave of when you may be sleep deprived are realistic and something that will help us know when are are fully rested instead of us just thinking we are fine because the caffeine has kicked in.

  • ReneeBinder

    The quote “I can sleep when I’m dead” is something that I live by. I get by usually on 4 hours of sleep and think i’m fine. I tell myself that when I get more than that it will make me sluggish because I got “too much sleep”. Ann’s stress management class is currently putting my motto to the test and I am seeing the side effects of what it is doing to my body. This article reinforced what she taught us in class. I agree completely with it and am slowly changing my life motto.

  • Steffiheuer

    Thank you for your article. I have always been told that sleep was important but you put it in a new perspective for me. This article puts the importance of sleep in everyday use. We cannot think properly if we are tired; all we want to do is sleep. If we cannot think properly than what is the use of our thoughts? I really enjoyed your article because it said just this to me.

  • Skowronssj06

    I agree that sleep is very important, the hard part is finding out a schedule to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I am more of a night person, not a morning person at all. So usually end up going to bed late whether it’s due to me sleeping in too late, homework or studying, I only end up getting about 6 or less hours of sleep a night. I can function fine with my six hours but I can tell I need more becuase in class I could literally fall asleep- which is not good. I think if I started going to bed a little earlier and making a distinct sleep scheule and not sleeping in on the weekends, my productivity and awakness during the day would improve.

  • Brad Vogel

    To be honest I would sleep when I’m bored no matter how much sleep I get. Although being a night owl I don’t always get as much sleep as what would be considered healthy. But then again, no one ever reminisces about the days they went to bed on time when they’re old, right?

  • Glassborow

    Thank you for this article, I agree that sleep is an important part of keeping a healthy lifestyle but it is also one that is often forgotten and overlooked. I get on average 7-8 hours of sleep a night, and I still sometimes feel tired in the morning. I would be interested to know how I would feel in myself after getting a proper nights sleep. I do feel however that many people simply do not have time to get the recommended amount which is something that should be addressed.

  • Chris Williams

    Awesome! This is certainly something that college students need to see. It is very difficult to get 8 hours of sleep as a college student. Students do too much socializing and have too much schoolwork to do. No, those are just excuses. They just aren’t prioritizing sleep, as they should be. You said it, “we don’t know how well we would perform if we had adequate sleep.” If students thought in these terms, “what could I accomplish”, rather than “I’m getting by”, then I think we would see priority changes among our college student population. Also every one is different and needs a different amount of sleep every night. Thank you for this article!

  • Matthew Manley-Browne

    Thank you Ann for the post! I feel that this article is useful for college students since most of them(including me) do not get enough sleep. Most people think that they do not need much sleep since they are younger. One question I have is how do you gain back sleep that you may have lost?

  • Ryano313

    Sleep is very important to everybody. I tend to get at least 7 hours of sleep so I don’t feel sleep deprived. If I ever don’t get the 7 hours, I will just sleep more the next time to try to catch up on the sleep that I lost.

  • sgawinski

    We all need to be more mindful of how important sleep it. It’s crazy to think how we know how important it is but we think it is okay if we lose sleep compared to other people. We need to figure out how much works for each of us, and build our habits that way. Being someone who used to deliver furniture full-time, I definitely always got my full rest every night before work. Establishing those habits helped me a lot. I have pretty good sleeping habits now and even though I don’t do that grueling work anymore, I still take my sleep seriously.

  • Kent Miehe

    I am one of those people who can function with little sleep, and even though I don’t “justify” my lack of sleep, but I go about my day thinking nothing of it. However, I do agree that I don’t know what I could REALLY accomplish if I get an adequate amount of sleep. The nights when I do get enough sleep, I feel great and can definitely tell the difference. With a busy schedule with school and athletics, how can I manage time to get enough sleep?

  • Trista Radloff

    This is a great article. I use the techniques to see if I am getting enough sleep. If I fall asleep while in a boring lecture, I am not getting enough sleep. However, if I am fidgeting that means that I do have enough energy to sustain myself throughout the day.

  • Tracy_Werner

    Although I am one of those people who can function pretty well on little sleep, I know that it catches up with me sooner or later. Not everyone who doesn’t get enough sleep thinks that they are the exception to the rule and don’t need it. I know that my body needs sleep and that I should take care of my body by getting enough sleep every week. This just isn’t always possible with my schedule at this time in my life. I’m a full time student with 2 jobs plus extracurriculars. I catch up on my sleep on the weekends. I think a lot of other people are like this too. Or, there are people who say they simply work better and are more productive on little sleep, but really it’s the gallon of coffee they drink in the morning because of their lack of sleep.

  • Kyree Brooks

    This article I’m sure many college students can relate to because we tend to lose the most sleep. It informs me that you do things much better if your getting proper sleep. Myself personally, have difficulty putting in more sleep during my busy weeks. I am involved with organizations, meetings, class and whatever else I need to accomplish during the day. I would like to ask, is it possible to oversleep? Thanks

  • Charles Fischer

    Sleep, something we spend a large part of our lives doing. I have heard more times that I can count “you can sleep when your dead” the people who have said it don’t know how close to the truth that can be. If you fall asleep while driving, or operating machinery that is boring you can doze off and crash your car, cut off your foot or other body part. Take the time to get proper sleep, let your body heal and rest itself. It will thank you.

  • danac501

    I believe sleep is a important thing in life. YOU NEED SLEEP! I am also a person who gets the sleep I need to function. I get 7-8 hours sleep a night I need it or I cant function properly. I know there are people out there that think sleeping is not a priority and they crash after a while like you said. Especially college students I feel like don’t care about getting sleep. Why do you think college students don’t think they have to get a good night sleep? I know they didn’t read it in a college handbook.

  • Theresa Fitzsimmons

    Thank you for sharing this article. We all agree that it is important to get rest but never worry about ourselves. I used to have to run on 5 hours of sleep a night when I had full time schooling and two jobs. This year I have one job, I only work 20 to 30 hours a week and full time schooling. When I chose to quit one of my jobs it was hard because I knew I would have much less income but being able to sleep and visit with friends makes up for it. This year I bought new sheets and blankets. It is wonderful to be able to spend more time sleeping and functioning better during the day. What do you suggest for people who absolutely have to work many hours and do schooling who do not have time to sleep?

  • Kaylee Raucci

    Thanks for the post! Reading this one time through it was just all over the place to me personally. But I re-read it and knowing what your previous posts are generally about, I found sleep was the important topic. We all need sleep. I’ve heard people say “We can sleep when we’re dead” and this is true, but you’ll be dead a lot sooner than you think if you don’t get sleep while you’re alive. College students expecially need to learn to prioritize their time with sleep being number one. Sadly no one see sleep as an issue minus the 2% that get in bed by nine. Most college students are in major sleep debt because with school, a job, grades, and of couse partying thye get very minimum sleep. So my question is how can we proritize sleep when we are so busy, but all of our tasks are eqally as imporant and need to be accomplished?

  • Amanda Wood

    After being in Ann Garvin’s class I really realized that sleep is essential to living a healthy and wonderful life. As a college student most would think I have horrible sleeping habits and the truth is, I do, but for specific reasons. I for one am a night owl, so I am always up until at least 11. In reaction to that, I hate the mornings more than anything and if I could I would sleep in till 10 every morning. With this, classes usually begin earlier than that, ruining my sleeping schedule. I have nights were I can only sleep 4 hours and then other nights where I sleep 14 hours. That right there is my problem. Either too little or too much. Overall, throughout class and this article I can honestly say I completely understand that sleep should be the number one priority on my list to living a healthy and happy life.

  • Alise Brown

    Sleep is such a wonderful thing and it’s one of my favorite activities. Sometimes life just gets in the way and it becomes less and less prioritized. It’s important to remember that you are only lowering your productivity and quality if you lack the sleep that you really need.

  • Travis Mattice

    This article really hit home for me. I love sleep as do many people. But in a way I have done my own study. I would agree with the article in saying that I got more done, was more alert and retained more information on a day where I got a lot of sleep before vs. getting very little sleep. It is crazy how the body reacts when getting enough sleep vs. not enough. For me, I know about how much sleep I need in order to be productive. I think everyone is different in the amount they need but I think each person should know personally what is the best for them.

  • d_millyy

    Thank you Amanda for your comment, I completely agree how important sleep is been coming for me that’s valid because I’m actually someone who needs a lot of sleep. Over the years I’ve actually become someone who goes to bed earlier and get up earlier and I can work for some people but some people may need what you need. As long as you’re getting what you needed sleep can benefit you in so many ways. My question for you is Do you think sleep positively affects your mind more or your body?

  • Amanda Wood

    Well the answer to that would be both, but more so my mind. I mean don’t get me wrong sleep keeps me from getting sick and it gives me energy to get through the day, but if I am having a lousy day or just am in a depressed mood, sleep will help more for that than just sleeping to rest for me. I am probably different than most but I love sleep and I know I love it because its a time for me to not have to think or speak or do anything but lay there, rest, and maybe dream. I

  • Adam

    I completely agree. Sleep is absolutely everything when it comes to our daily lives. With people being so busy all the time we seem to neglect sleep, or like in this article we believe we dont need the recommended amounts by professionals. Its crucial to get enough sleep consistently, you will feel better and more productive throughout the day!

  • Dannielle Wagner

    As a sleep deprived college student, in Professor Garvin’s stress management class; I remember thinking about how impossible it would be to get enough sleep with my ridiculous schedule while I was in one of her lectures discussing sleep and I was really skeptical. I then decided to say to myself, “What the hell do I have to lose?….I already feel like I’m half way to dead every day that I wake up, not to mention cranky as can be.” So I set out to get the 8 hours that I needed for about 3 nights. I didn’t really see a difference at first. Then I got to sleep in through out the weekend and get caught up on some of my sleep debt that I had accumulated throughout the week. When Monday came around, the day that I usually dread the most, I woke up and gave myself some time to get ready…when I was in class I was actually attentive and felt as though everything was clearer and I was actually able to socialize with people much better too! I now try to get as close to 8 hours of sleep as possible, I sleep in on days that I can, and I’m an avid napper. I’m even doing one of my communication speeches on the importance of sleep! Now that my bed and I have a happy and healthy relationship….I am much more able to function. Get those zzz’s people!

  • Dannielle Wagner

    I completely agree and I think that most students have this issue…because most of us just get sleep however and whenever we can get it. Getting a sleep schedule is key!

  • Abbey Stibbs

    Since I am in college, I do not get near enough sleep. I am always up doing homework, trying to get good grades, hanging out with my friends, or doing some other useless thing. In reality, I just do not make time to sleep. I am always up late, and I always get up early. Although I do go to class, and get my work done, I bet I would feel better if I had enough sleep the night before. The nights that I do get enough sleep, I feel wonderful the next day! I don’t want to take a nap, I get more work done, and I just all around feel better. I think that being in college, sleep is a great topic to talk about because during these four years I think is when people do not get the sleep they need to rejuvenate their bodies.

  • Hillary12

    Sleep is the one area of my three legged stool that I feel the best about. I have known for a long time that I just can’t function properly on less than 8 hours of sleep. While at school I try to shoot for getting 9 hours of sleep every night. Most of the time I’m successful, but when I’m not I NEED a nap the next day in order to get through. Sleep is something I don’t mess around with. I love it. It’s generally my favorite thing to do in the day and I don’t understand how people take it for granted. I understand that often there are other circumstances that don’t allow for a proper amount of sleep, but in general I think that people should make a greater effort to get enough sleep in order to make themselves better in many aspects of their life.

  • Taylor

    I know I do not get enough sleep as a college student and I am not one to say that I work better stressed or anything like that. It comes down to the fact that I try to sleep when I can but my body doesn’t always let it happen. I think that is because I am worried about all the things I need to get done or the things on the schedule for tomorrow. This is all ironic because I love my sleep.

  • Leahrebout

    I was the same way, sleep was never a priority for me. After taking Ann’s classes and learning of the toll not getting 7+ hours a sleep a night does to you I started trying to make changes. Knowing that all of the stress you are putting on your bod, even when you don’t see any changes right away, really gave me a reality check.

  • Leahrebout

    Thanks for proving it is okay to sleep! So many people see sleep as a weakness and think that those who actually try to get adequate sleep are wasting time. What they may not realize, is that those of us who are getting sleep instead of staying up studying or playing video games are probably performing better the next day. The staying up at night is actually just wasting time of productivity the day after. How would you recommend someone to start changing their sleeping patterns when their body may not be used to going to sleep at a decent hour?

  • thomas kearney

    I honestly agree with this article. I used to be a person that never got any sleep as a teenager because I stayed up playing video games. I was always tired in school and I would not do as good on tests because of this. I was in denial for a long period of time because I didn’t want to believe that lack of sleep was the cause of this. When I got older I found out that it was one of my main issues. My question for you is what advice will you give to people who still suffer from the lack of sleep? Would you recommend them seeing a doctor?

  • B Keng

    Great article! Back in high school, I was an early bird mostly because of sports Now I consider myself a night owl because i’m in college. I could say that for most people. As long as i’m getting the recommended hours of sleep It doesn’t matter what time I hit the sack. That’s my issue with sleep.

  • shackletka05

    Thank you for sharing! Most feel like that because they can make it through their days with a small amount of sleep then they are doing just fine. In reality, they are not performing at 100% which is taking away from the work they are doing toward their job or other responsibilities. With the correct amount of sleep you feel stronger and more alert rather than dragging throughout the day and miserable towards others.

  • Andrew Bliefernicht

    This article is so true! Sleep is the key to everything! Too often we realize that sleep is very important yet we don’t treat it as important. I have been at fault of this many times. People say, “I went to bed at 3am last night and only got 5 hours of sleep.” To that I say, “That’s terrible! You need more sleep! I went to bed at 2am so I got 6 hours, but I work best on six hours so that’s ok for me.” The plain and simple fact is that neither one of those amounts of sleep is ok for healthy lifestyle and productivity. I’m just comparing myself to others and saying well at least I’m not that bad. I need to fix my sleep schedule and I can already see it effecting my productivity as the semester nears end for me.

  • Schudakp21

    I really enjoyed reading this article because i believe sleep is really really important. I never used to think this until i hit college. time management was the biggest thing for me to get a handle on. I always procrastinated and ended up having all nighters at least once every couple weeks on top of the consistent late nights. My grades started slipping and the i started trying to sleep more. Went to bed on time and got my 8 hours. I found that my focus and energy levels increased which really helped my productivity. So just because you spend more time awake does not mean that you are more productive.

  • hirthjp18

    Sleep is such an important aspect to our lives and you explained it really well. I try to get the recommended hours of sleep but there always something that seems to pop up. A lack a sleep has resulted in some sport injuries in my athletic career. I knew if I had got more sleep I would have performed better and probably prevented the injury. I eventually learned that I needed to get my rest if I wanted to stay healthy. It crazy how much of a difference a good long night of sleep does!

  • Garrett Nelson

    Thanks for the post Ann! Great read, I really like when you say how to test if you have gotten enough sleep, by sitting next to someone you’re comfortable with, or drive on a long boring road, or listen to a monotone voice. These are great ways to see if you are lacking sleep. I have had segments in my life where for some reason I have been so sleep deprived and have never figured out what’s been causing it. I wonder if it has had anything to do with the previous concussions I suffered years back, but I still feel like there would be more to it than that. I have tried taking melatonin to help with it, but it does not always work. What are some natural ways I could work on getting an adequate amount of sleep without messing up my sleep patterns and schedules throughout the day? Is there something I should be doing a couple hours before I go to bed, or is a more efficient/shorter way I can calm my brain down to feel more exhausted? Thanks again for the post!

  • Nicole Myers

    I am just like that. I know that when I am super sleepy and feel that the day is dragging, I slept bad the night before or just plain didn’t get enough sleep. We should get the recommended amount every night and consistently!

  • Nicole Myers

    So true. I feel that if I don’t get that I can hardly function throughout the day. You can most definitely see the difference if you get the recommended amount consistently!

  • Nicole Myers

    I feel so much better. Last year I hardly slept and I could definitely tell the difference. If you go from lack of sleep to sleeping consistently you will feel so much better and function so much better as well!

  • Nicole Myers

    I am in the same boat. It is so important to my life now and without it I feel horrible!

  • Nicole Myers

    You must work on this! You should try each night to get to bed a little early and work on creating a pattern. After a while it will fee like second nature!

  • Kaylie Mae Kuhnke

    my doctor always told me i have terrible sleeping patterns, i do. some nights i sleep 8 hours, some 13, some only 4. how do you get the right amount of sleep every night i try to stay away from sleep aids and i try doing curtain things before bed but some nights i simply can’t sleep. i think sleep is an important part of a healthy life but how can i control it?

  • Luke Drumel

    I’ve always taken sleep for granted in high school and college no doubt in my mind and always had this attitude you can sleep when your dead. I am extremely grateful that I could pursue my education where I could learn a lot on sleep and why it is so good for you. Getting right amount of sleep day in and day out makes a night and day difference, so I know I will never ever take it for granted anymore.

  • hicksjd11

    I have always loved sleeping. Once I began college, my sleeping patterns began to fluctuate. I get a different amount of sleep every night and they seem to always be at different hours. I know that sleep is the most important thing and I do feel more energetic when I’ve gotten enough.

  • hicksjd11

    I have the same mentality as you when you say “you can sleep when you’re dead”. However, I am beginning to realize that you will have a better quality of life if you are getting a proper amount of sleep.

  • ReneeKirch19

    Thank you for the post! Personally I think that sleep is one of the most important things in life. You can not function without sleep, and when you try to, it just doesn’t work. It’s scary to see that statistic on the number of car accidents due to sleep deprivation. That statistic just shows how dangerous sleep deprivation really is, it’s deadly…literally. I noticed that many college students are pointing out that they are just not getting enough sleep due to their busy schedules. What would you say to the students who say it is impossible to get more sleep? Would you tell them that it is not impossible?

  • ReneeKirch19

    You make a great point, college students are always saying that they don’t get enough sleep.As college students, we have extremely busy schedules, but if you think about, I would argue that our schedules are only ever going to get busier as we move on in life. There will come a point in lives (for many of us) that instead of only having to worry about ourselves, we will have to worry about someone else as well (kids, significant other, family members) by doing that our lives will only get busier. So we should take the time we have now and get our sleep.

  • Eric H

    Thanks for the post. I agree with this completely. Once we have moved on to college and are finally on our own, we realize how much sleep actually means to us and how much it affects our day. Not sleeping enough in a night really affects me in negative ways. My brain function dulls out and my reflexes are shot. Also trying to exercise when I am tired is the worst. Sleep is so important.

  • Eric H

    I agree. Thanks for the post. Sleep is the absolute most important driving force in our lives. With bad sleep or few hours of it, we feel droggy and will likely under perform at daily tasks the next day. By getting enough sleep we can stay at the top of our game.

  • It’s funny, but I used to tell myself that I don’t actually need to sleep the recommended amount of hours. “I can sleep when I’m dead!” During my freshman year of college, I would stay up pretty much every single night and wake up early the next morning to go to class. At first I did not think that anything would happen to me. I was still getting my assignments done and I was still able to practice gymnastics. However, I started to notice that after a while of this behavior, I started having a harder time remembering class information, my grades started going down, and my gymnastics started to suffer. I finally realized just how important sleeping is! And how I am not really any different from anyone else. Since my freshman year, I always try to go to bed at a decent time and I always aim for the recommended hours of sleep. And now, instead of saying “I can sleep when I’m dead,” I have adopted the mantra “Sleep is a beautiful thing!” Because it really is!

  • Cossioj14

    Sleep is definitely something I love and prioritize it accordingly. SOmetimes I like to over sleep but only when I know I can. Rising early and getting to bed a decent time results in a very productive day. If I dont get enough sleep my entire day is thrown off so i try and make sure I stick to a schedule which i usually do.

  • DuchAM21

    I know some individuals who claim they can function just fine with only 5 hours of sleep, but I wonder how true this really is. I myself need at least 7.5-8 hours of sleep to feel fully rested. I have experienced illness by being over stressed and not getting enough sleep, sleep is very important. Sleep is what fights off illness. I think that too many of us take sleep for granted, and do not realize that it is one of the most important things that we can do for our body.

  • Bjackson5

    I don’t think that those who assume that they’re fine with their lack of sleep truly are aware of it. It is because of their ambitious attitude and desire to change the world for the better is what puts them in this overdrive. The point being made here is not to scold entrepreneurs for being determined, but that those individuals need to realize their biggest mistake. Taking a step back and prioritizing a daily schedule around sleep would be the best move to make because sleep ends up being the only way to keep going.

  • AndreaOlsen22

    This article really stresses the importance of sleep which we fail to see sometimes. I can relate to this article somewhat because I have insomnia. A good night of sleep for me is 8 hours, but interrupted numerous times. A bad night would include not being able to fall asleep for hours, then when I finally do I awake an hour later, then before I know it my alarm rings. The days I go off a bad night of sleep are so dreadful. I can’t perform to my ability in school or in basketball nor pay attention. All I can think about is getting back to bed the next night because I don’t know how to nap either. Because I experience being sleep deprived so often, I understand the importance of sleep and try my hardest to achieve it by taking natural sleep pills. I am always worried I might snooze off while driving, which is only one of the many dangers of being drowsy. I wish more people would realize the importance of sleep because you are a danger to yourself and to others.

  • Abby2017

    Sleep is very vital to me. I notice when I don’t get enough sleep my mood, school, communication with others, energy level, and motivation is all changed because of sleep. In school it really is hard to get a full eight hours of sleep. It is possible if you make it a priority. I like how at the end there was a number of how many people in 2010 got in a car crash because they were sleep deprived. It awares people that sleep is very important and it can protect their safety!

  • Caroleigh Perkins

    I hate thinking about how dangerous it is to drive while sleep deprived. My dad falls asleep while he is driving all the time. He works way more than he needs to and when he tries to sleep he often times can’t and will watch TV instead. It is constantly worrying me. He has gotten in car accidents and once told a story about waking up and seeing white hands holding the wheel for him. I wish more than anything that he would take the time to take care of himself, and finding a way to get enough sleep would be the place to start.

  • BastarKm06

    We just talked in class today about changing one thing in our lives, per year, how that will affect us in the long run. It doesn’t even have to be a big thing. In fact, it should be a smaller thing to reduce the failure rate.

  • Michellelele123

    and squeezing in a nap sounds like the perfect small attainable goal! I think the world would be such a friendlier place if everyone got a lot more sleep! and the stats on car accidents from drivers asleep at the wheel is so scary to think about!

  • BastarKm06

    That is true. So many people have problems because of being sleep deprived, and I think a power nap a day could really help fix that or at least get them going in the right direction.

  • Sarah Kasiurak

    This is a great article! I agree that getting enough sleep is very important. Anytime I stayed up late finishing a paper or studying for a test the night before my brain did not work right the next day. I moved slowly and I was very forgetful. I found out that getting more sleep helps you in just about everything overall in our daily lives. I think that if more people got sleep it would help them tremendously in their day to day activities.

  • Kayla Martin

    good article! I am all about the sleep! I learned in high school that I am someone who needs a lot of sleep. I can not keep myself healthy if I don’t sleep about 8-9 hours per night. Some nights more depending on how many practices I have that day or the next day. My sleep schedule rudely interrupts my social life. I’m ok with it though. I would pick sleeping over hanging out with friends in a heart beat. My freshmen year of college I tried to do everything I wanted to swim study enough hang out with people join clubs you name it I tried to do it. My sleep took a toll and I was sick all of the time. My swimming was effected and it was not a good time in my life. I was crabby and moody not really a great way to make friends in college haha. But it is ok because now I have my sleep schedule in check and I still feel tired a lot of the time but I put that up to how much I work out I can’t physically go to school and swim and sleep as much as I know I need to be.

  • Taysia Justus

    “We don’t know how many dreams we could dream if our brains were fully rested.” What a great quote! I think that sleep is super important, and I personally need a lot of restful sleep to fully function. Although, I am usually unable to get this. I find it hard to fall asleep and I’m such a light sleeper that anything and everything will wake me up in the night. Any suggestions on getting past this would be great! I’ve tried ear plugs; I found out I rip them out in the night. Sleeping with a fan sometimes helps, but in the cold winter months that can be kind of tough.

  • struckml03

    It is awesome that you notice and pick up on this. Many people, especially students, believe that staying up late to study or finish homework is best for them. It is not. It is shown that staying up late to study for an exam the next day will actually decrease your overall grade. Sleep is so important! One of the most important things for your body. Im studying sleep right now, and it shows that not getting enough sleep is equivalent to drinking and driving. It is dangerous! Sleep makes you a over all healthy person socially, mentally, physically, emotionally.

  • milleram97

    Taysia I totally find it hard to get adequate rest too! Life seems to get in the way and when I finish up all my obligations, the clock beams back 11pm and my alarm is set for 6.
    Being a light sleeper makes it more difficult, what helps for me is drinking teas without caffeine or reading beforehand, also making sure I am not too cold or hot and have all my things in order for the next day otherwise my mind seems to think about all those things instead of rest.
    It’s also really good to disregard electronics awhile before hand. The science behind that (in layman’s terms) is your brain will take in the light as the “day” and think it’s still supposed to be functioning at normal levels and releases chemicals that make you feel that way. But once those glares do not reach your eyes, your brain understands that it is time to be recuperated and slow down.
    Hope that helps!

  • Alexa A Dralle

    Yes! If only more people would take more naps. Naps are so important to me, I take them almost every day, and I know they make me a happier, healthier person. being in college is so hard and stressful. We have so many things to do every single day to keep caught up and get good grades, which can be extremely tiring and stressful. For me, and I’m sure many others, taking a short brake (nap) helps to keep me on my toes.

  • Alexa A Dralle

    YES! I can not understand how people say they need only 5 hours. My older sister for example, is a Waitress at a bar and doesn’t get to her apartment until 3-4 am and sleeps for a few hours, has a quick meal, and does it again. Then on the days she doesn’t work she sleeps ALL day and she still doesn’t think she needs more sleep each night.

  • Colin HIckey

    This is exactly how I feel. I need the recommended 8 hours of sleep or I won’t function the same. I hate the feeling of not being able to perform my best and just as you stated, the toll it takes is not worth it at all.

  • Jessica Peardon

    My boyfriend today said he only needs five hours of sleep. I laughed at him then tried to explain to him that he is wrong. He is in the Army so since he is forced to have inadequate sleep he thinks he is fine functioning. However, he will never be at his fullest capability on five hours. I still don’t think he believes me and he will find out the hard way. I’ve known my whole life I need a lot of sleep. When I’m tired I go to bed and it doesn’t matter where I am.

  • hansends21

    Although I have learned a lot about sleep and the importance of it and all the other cool things that go along with it, I still wonder why people don’t just know this on there own. Hello people, if you are cranky and tired everyday because you stay up too late watching Gossip Girl, GO TO BED EARLIER. The gossip will still be there tomorrow, in fact for a long time, people gossip all the time. Just go to bed, and you won’t be such a crabby pants tomorrow, and then you would have more friends and be more likable. Really, sleep is a win win for everyone.

  • Ashley Gardner

    I could not agree more with you!! Your post made me laugh. It is so true. Your netflix is not going anywhere. Go to bed so you can be more pleasent to be around for everyone else in the room. I live with 2 other girls and when they complain about being tired and cranky, then i see them up till wee hours of the night…..Sleep is key people!

  • Kendra Larson

    I laughed when you brought up the whole staying up and watching gossip girl comment, because I was one of those people. I am a big netflix watcher, and when I get hooked on a show I end up staying up pretty late watching it, and then I regret it the next morning when I am dragging myself out of bed. I have realized that sleep is such an important factor for our health and without it, our body is unproductive. Through not getting the sleep that we need, our body does not want to do anything, and when we don’t want to do anything, that is when we start making bad choices for our health.

  • Kendra Larson

    That quote caught my attention as well. It reveals a powerful message that people should hear. I myself have troubles sleeping at night as well. For me, I drink a lot of water before I go to bed, so I am constantly getting up throughout the night. I have tried to limit my water intake before bed, but my body has gotten so used to getting up throughout the night, that I just continue this never ending cycle. A lot of mornings I find myself struggling to get out of bed because I am so tired. Through not being able to sleep throughout the entire night it makes it so hard to get my daily workout in and do other stuff as well. I’m hoping that someday I’ll be able to sleep throughout the entire night without getting up once! I’ll have to try some different techniques for sleeping and see if I can reach a solution to this lack of sleep madness.

  • Garrett Nelson

    Well said, I think the biggest issue with people falling behind on sleep is the fact that they prioritize things differently, putting sleep as less of a priority than hanging out with friends or going out. I know I do that at times and need to be aware of it as to not make a habit of getting little sleep. Finding a routine to sleep at night and also nap during the day, if needed, is as important as creating a workout plan for yourself or diet plan. A question I have, is it illegal in any state to drive when sleep deprived so much that you could be classified as inebriated over the legal limit? It seems just as dangerous, so why wouldn’t it be enforced as much as alcohol? Thanks for the post!

  • Garrett Nelson

    I don’t think he is necessarily wrong in saying he only needs 5 hours of sleep, but I do agree that he may not be functioning at his full potential every day. There is a rare percentage of people who only really do need 5-6 hours to be fully functional and awake. My dad, for instance, usually only needs about 5 hours because he gets up every morning to take care of our dogs. Given he does take a nap later in the day, but as for nighttime sleep he does not need that much. I am like you where I feel that to function at my best I need at least 8 hours of sleep otherwise drowsiness hits me later in the day. Do you believe this is simply genetics that contribute to how much sleep we need, or could it be the way we were born and raised as children? Thanks for sharing.

  • Samantha Lavenau

    Sleep is considered apart of your health, and not having a full nights sleep is considered unhealthy. The basis of your day is based on your sleeping patterns. If you do not receive a full nights rest, your attitude towards the day is going to be tired and cranky. Make a certain bed time for yourself, and follow it and you will see how much more awake, and happier you are. I am a sophomore in my second semester and I just recently started going to bed at 10, and now I have enough energy to go to the gym and study. I have never felt better!

  • catec18

    Travis I do agree with you about the amount of sleep everyone needs! Yes most people need around 8-9 hours of sleep but the variable comes in the exact time of falling asleep and waking up. That’s why it is so important to consistently get enough sleep. I find this very hard in my last semester of college. I’m so busy with 2 jobs and class work and job searching and I know these are all just excuses. The less sleep I get, similar to you but a little different, I’ve noticed that I care less about the work I do. I write papers and say “that’s good enough” or “yeah whatever” once I’m done. When I get more sleep I have the energy to actually like the work I’ve done instead of knowing its just “good enough” to get the grade I want.

  • BastarKm06

    I try to take a nap everyday too, even if it is just for a little bit. It helps refresh me for the rest of the day.

  • BastarKm06

    I have tried recently to try and squeeze in a nap everyday if I can and I notice that the days I do I am way less crabbier and on edge..

  • Alexa A Dralle

    Definitely. 15-20 minutes of sleep does wonders. It helps keep you on task so you can get things done rather than moping through the day waiting until you can finally go to bed.

  • BastarKm06

    Its crazy what a few minutes of sleep can do! It can save your day and help keep you going.

  • Kendra Larson

    I think this is an article that the average college student needs to read! Especially during midterms or finals. There are so many individual college students that do not get the reccomended amount of sleep that they need. We all go through the, “oh I need to stay up as long as I can to study, so that I can sink in all the information for tomorrows final!” This is not the way to think. Through staying up late hours and not getting enough sleep our body is not fully rested, and when its not fully rested, we can not function properly. Go to bed early when you have an exam the next day because a brain fully rested, is a brain that is ready to work!

  • Kendra Larson

    I agree, I am the type of person that would pick sleep over her friends as well. Thankfully, a lot of my friends are the same way: they value their sleep. I know that If I do not get at least 6-8 hours of sleep I am not going to be a very happy camper the next morning! Through not getting enough sleep it essentially changes my entire day, I am less productive, I eat crappy, I skip workouts and my overall mood goes down hill. I hate feeling this way and that is why I try my best to stay to an appropriate sleeping schedule. I go to bed almost the same time every night, even if its the weekend, and I get up around the same time each day as well. I have found that keeping a consistant sleeping schedule really does help you make sure you get enough sleep throughout the night, and as a result, you wake up easier, feeling refreshed and ready to start your day!

  • Anthony Davis

    This article can be relatable to many people because of the accumulation of sleep debt that come along with being a full time college student, a full time worker or a mom or dad with a busy schedule. Because most individuals think that they are just fine they ignore what their body is telling them and soon endure the outcome of burnout. There are a lot of people with busy schedules but I know that one thing that the majority of these people do not value is that of sleep including me. Sleep helps to do so many things but also makes everyday activities a little easier.

  • Dena Keizer

    I agree with you Kendra! I have had a few super late nights because of cramming for exams but it’s always my own fault because i don’t study enough the days and weeks before. I am trying to get better at studying here and there instead of just the night before. I also agree that every college student should read this!

  • Lindsey Kessler

    Is sleep deprivation the number one cause of car accidents? People need to reassess what they’re really at risk for. It’s especially hard for college students who commute, like myself. With taking 18 credits, working and commuting 45 minutes, I can never find it in my schedule to get enough sleep. Especially that I need to be on campus between 7:30 and 8 am for the majority of the week. I don’t like driving to and from Whitewater on the days that I don’t get enough sleep.

  • Radaya123

    Hard work= Hustle, sleep, eat.

  • Kyle Gettelman

    The biggest point here is focusing on how to address that people need to figure out HOW to get more sleep. They are so strained with work, families, hobbies, etc, that they forget to fall asleep until there is only 2 or 3 hours. While going to a combative country, where you never knew when danger was around, and then only getting 3-4 (or less) hours of sleep, is understandable because it is relatively short term (in contrast to life itself) and they have to because lives are at stake. Here, in U.S.A., there is nothing wrong with getting more sleep and doing a little bit less of everything altogether. Take some time off of work, family, friends, etc and then take that accumulated time and SLEEP.

  • Chelsea Haffele

    I agree that we all know sleep is important. Being in college though, there are many due dates and things we have to get done in a timely manner. Sometimes there simply isn’t enough time in the day and for that reason we don’t prioritize sleep anymore. Not sleeping is very dangerous and we should look as the loss of sleep as the same thing as consumption of something bad for you.

  • Kayla Martin

    I am not good about having the same sleeping pattern. I go to bed at different times every day. It doesn’t help me to feel refreshed. I have read and been told that you need to go to bed around the same time every night to get a good night sleep. For some reason I can not get work done to go to bed at the same time every night. I am someone who loves to work out. I would give up sleep to work out. But I know that I don’t gt as good of a workout in if I don’t get enough sleep so I try to sleep so I can work out to the best of my ability.

  • Skalahe13

    I’m the kind of person who gets 8+ hours of sleep a night and I feel like I get so much out of my day. Those rare times when I get 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night I can honestly feel it and I get so much less out of those days. People don’t always realize how much sleep affects them and how much better and more productive they would be if they just slept a little more.

  • Anthony Davis

    I completely agree and I feel that I am the same way. personally I cannot get by on 5 or 6 hours because I feel drained and very tired and 9 times out of 10 I end up taking a nap to refuel myself. I feel that sleeping a little more is a little trick that everyone should know in order to increase their productivity and happiness,

  • Skalahe13

    I agree and I think its a trick that a lot of people over look or don’t believe in but once they try it they will definitely see an increase in their productivity and happiness

  • mindhamrr11

    I agree that sleep is really important. For me, it doesn’t seem to matter how much hours I get for sleep, but It’s more about if I can go to bed at the same time every night and get up the same time every morning being on a schedule. Currently, I usually get around 8 hours of sleep a night, but I always feel drowsy became I get up at different times because I have class at different times each day. In the summer, I get up at around 5:20 for work with only around maybe 7 hours of sleep, and I feel much better throughout the day because I am on a schedule.

  • Emily Krueger

    I agree that sleep is very important for me to stay on task. But it hard some weeks I get 8 hours of sleep as a college student. Sometime weeks I can not fall asleep easy due to many ideas and due dates rolling around in my head. But then there other times when my head hit the pillow I am out like a light. Overall , I have learn coping skill to use when it hard for me to fall sleep like take a hot shower before bed and have my room be very dark.


    Personally, I find it difficult to get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Balancing college, work, a significant other, friends, family, (the list goes on an on) is very difficult at times. However, if I’m honest with myself, I know that I prioritize these things over my sleep schedule sometimes. Doing that creates a vicious cycle, though, which continues to perpetuate itself until I finally reach a point in which I am too tired to even keep my eyes open. I am guilty of pulling all-nighters to cram for an exam or write a paper, but I know that it influences my level of productivity not only the next day, but a few days following that as well.

  • wegener61

    I completely agree, It is so difficult to juggle all these things as a college student, especially when you have that many priorities on your plate. But being completely honest with yourself is important, recognizing that you need more sleep can’t be stressed enough, and maybe we need to learn how to say no to people or things, and take time for ourselves to have proper sleep on a regular schedule.

  • MattDennert

    I know I do not get enough sleep and I can tell that when I don’t it really affects they way I think and do things.

  • flaschbm09

    I agree! I find it really hard to try to get 8 hours of sleep every night. If I go to bed before I’m tired, I’ll either sit in bed waiting to fall asleep or start thinking about all the other things I need to do. My dad really has a problem with driving while being tired. I tell him all the time that it’s alright to want someone else to drive so he can sleep. I’ll watch him try to keep himself awake with soda, the window rolled down and the music turned up loud, but they usually don’t help. His eyes will start to blink longer, his head will bob and the car will swerve. We now have to take the keys from him when they are in his coat pocket so he don’t drive tired.

  • kwit21

    I love sleep. I love it so much. Even when I am busy I will pick sleep over getting it done that night. I do not typically get good sleep, which is super frustrating. I feel like I need almost 9-10 hours of sleep to feel awesome the next day, but rarely get that much. I know the difference between when I get enough good sleep and not. I feel awesome the next morning. I can go all day without a nap, I can get so much done. I can take on the world. When I don’t get enough. I hate it. I hate doing anything. Sleep is so important and shouldn’t be compromised.

  • Austin Jones

    sleep is so essential to me if I want to tackle large tasks the day after. When I get a goods nights sleep i wake up soooo easy and I love that. My day seems more enjoyable and fun. When I get bad sleep i feel like such a different person. Even with this being known, I still dont get into my bed until midnight. Sleep is crucial!

  • FalkinerRR23

    I agree that college students don’t prioritize sleep especially when they have a lot of due dates and exams to prepare for. Many college students know that when they don’t get enough sleep it is going to affect them in a negative way but that still doesn’t stop them from pulling all nighters.


    It’s amazing what people try to do while they’re tired. I am also notorious for getting sleepy at the wheel, and can admit I’ve done some of the same things as your dad to keep myself awake. But now I know that me falling asleep at the wheel is a great indication that I’m sleep deprived. If my body is falling asleep while I am experiencing very little stimulation, I know I’m not getting enough rest. It’s ironic too because I often think when I’m most sleep deprived is when I expect my brain and body to perform at its best (exams, projects, etc.). How backwards is that? I always think staying up that extra hour to get some more studying in will put me ahead of the game, when really it hurts me so much more than it helps me.


    I agree! I think getting more sleep at night helps me make more rational decisions and gives me a better ability to prioritize my day. When I get so sleep deprived, I either avoid everything because I’m too tired to function, or make decisions haphazardly. It’s been a huge adjustment for me trying to incorporate more sleep into my schedule, and I sometimes still find myself studying into the early morning, always regretting not starting sooner. Sometimes I feel that college teaches me more about prioritizing than it does anything else.

  • Chelsea Haffele

    Yes. No matter how much we learn about how good sleep is, we will still pull those all nighters. Event though sleeping will actually help us do better on our tests.

  • RadebaugVP02

    I’ve always prioritized my sleep. I know that if I don’t get enough of it I have a tough next day and I hate it. I used to go nights on nights with 3-4 hours of sleep and eventually figured out that wasn’t doing me any good. I now see such a difference in my mood, energy level, etc.

  • barema28

    Im a huge sleeper. Love doing it. I am completely unproductive if I dont get at least 8 hours of sleep. My friends make fun of me for going to bed at 9, but when I am energized and alert through the whole next day and they are sluggish and dragging, I dont really care what they think. Sleep has so many benefits, and sleep deprivation is not something to mess with. Get your sleep!

  • JeremyWahl

    I know how important sleep is. I am so lazy and sluggish if i dont get the recommended hours of sleep. I definitely feel more awake and energized when i do sleep. it is also important to be awake and pay attention in classes. I also love the feeling waking up before your alarm clock and getting the day started the right way.

  • Jaglerjn22

    Sleep is one of my favorite things to do! However, I don’t get enough as I feel I need. Especially in college when it’s all about making the grades…sleep is not on top of the priority list. I wish I had time to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night, but unfortunately I have all early mornings and tend to stay up late at night doing homework. The days after I get enough sleep, I usually feel so refreshed! And most times I can also wake up without am alarm! I love that feeling but unfortunately it only happens once a week…I have one night a week to catch up for the entire week.

  • Jaglerjn22

    Not staying up late to study for exams and cramming is something that we are all guilty of…as college students! And yes, like both of you said…it is not good for our bodies! By staying up all night and studying for an exam, will actually cause more adverse effects than what you had originally hoped for. It’s sad, and often times it takes people there whole freshman year to learn this lesson the hard way! Sleep is something that SHOULD be prioritized over cramming, without a doubt!

  • Dena Keizer

    Yes! It is hard to prioritize sleep because we think that there are all these things that still need to get done so we push our bed time back later and later until we get exhausted and regret not going to bed earlier.

  • Timothy Joseph Basaldua

    I feel like I can function with 5-6 hours sleep; however I am tired throughout the day and I can fall asleep instantly if I rest for a few minutes. My wife usually gets around 8 hours a sleep a night. She usually feels well rested and she has enough energy to last the entire day. I usually can’t fall asleep if I go to bed when she does. I don’t feel tired at all when I put my head on the pillow. I am trying not to play on my phone as much before I go to sleep, because I’ve heard that looking at your phone before bed can be too stimulating. I usually have so much on my mind that it is difficult for me rest. I think it would be interesting to track when I get 5-6 hours of sleep vs. 7-8 hours of sleep. I’m sure I would feel more rested and energized, but I have never really compared the outcomes before.

  • Elaminsj25

    Sleep was the first topic we covered in Stress Management and every since then I have been making sure to get enough sleep. My best friend/roommate is a person who believes that she can function without adequate sleep but she can’t. We argue all the time about how she doesn’t sleep enough and the fact that she has almost fallen asleep countless time while driving. It’s dangerous and inconsiderate to others on the road in my opinion. It’s not that hard to sleep. And it actually feels great! I will never understand why it’s so hard for people to do. Especially people like my best friend who isn’t actually doing anything better with her time and doesn’t have a legit excuse of why she is not sleeping other than the fact that she doesn’t want to. It’s something I will never understand.

  • Jaglerjn22

    I wish I prioritized sleep more…just for my own sanity. I feel like I rarely get enough sleep and it’s just so hard! There is always so much for me to do and I always feel like I should be working on homework for one class or another. I feel like I am so involved that I barely have time to breath, let alone sleep! I am just too busy to get 8 hours of sleep each night. I can either choose sleep, homework, or a social life. I can only pick one!

  • ryanstorto

    Sleep is one of the most over looked things in our society today. I feel as time moves on we sleep less and less. It is understandable with how busy people can be and hearing quotes such as “sleep is for the weak”. I wish that people were educated on how much sleep they really need. It was interesting and important to hear you say that some people don’t even know what feeling good actually feels like. This article makes me want to fall asleep right now and make sure that i get my 8 hours in every night.

  • Sara Fuller

    Sleep is so important! Giant catastrophes could have been avoided if people would have just gotten some sleep. Like Challenger explosion for example, managers involved in the launch of the space shuttle only got two hours of sleep before coming into work. As a result the seven crew members on the shuttle all died. This potentially could have been avoided if everyone got the proper amount of sleep. There are even more incidents where this happened like Chernobyl, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, and Three Mile Island.

  • Julia

    I am proud to say I get a good amount of sleep every night, but unlike most college students, I go to bed at 9:00 pm. Some of my classmates will tell me they go to bed between 12-2 am. I just don’t understand how they even function. If I want to be productive the next day, I absolutely need to sleep! Sleep gives us energy to be productive and accomplish things the following day. As mentioned in the article, it can even harm others if we don’t get enough sleep. I use to be a bartender. The long hours and driving home at 3 am was awful. I remember an incident when I was on the free way. I continuously nodded my head and almost dozed off while driving! I don’t know how I made it home. An angel must have been watching over me! But that just shows, the importance of sleep and what it can do to our bodies if we don’t get enough.

  • Thumbs_up

    That is also so true. When you do not get enough time of rest, and I mean really sleep, you get annoyed, mad, stressed, moody and with many other feelings which just mess up with your day. Different people have different demands, but is good to know your own type of required amount of sleep, even if it is sometimes hard to reach it.

  • Lindsay Jakubik

    Oh, I know I absolutely need my sleep….and when I don’t get it I am off my game the next day. Even if it feels easier to wake up sometimes off less sleep, I know I won’t make it long through my day. Productivity and motivation starts with the proper fuel for your body! Kind of like the last article I read about saving your health is more important than saving the world. You have to fulfill your physical needs before all else according to maslow’s hierarchy of needs!

  • Lindsay Jakubik

    I feel the same way! I aim for 8-9 hours a night! I actually am sleep deprived right now from staying up too late at my own cost and I hate doing that to myself. Sometimes I understand when I get swamped with school work how sleep can get pushed back, but I can’t even be productive with my work when I am too tired!!! I am struggling right now to get things done before finals and know I would be a lot more motivated with my usual sleep schedule.

  • McKenzie Foster

    I love this article because sleeping is like my favorite thing to do. I can sleep whenever and wherever and I HAVE to take a nap everyday. Sleep is so important because I know when I don’t get enough of it, I am crabby all day and it is hard for me to function in class and practice. Sure, I will do fine if I don’t get enough sleep, but like the article says.. If you get the right amount of sleep you should get, your performance would probably be 10x better! Sleep, sleep, sleep! I can never get enough of it and I think more people should stop watching that one more episode of netflix and get some sleep!

  • Kent Miehe

    Thanks for sharing! I totally agree that people justify their unhealthy behaviors because they convince themselves that they are invincible. They don’t realize the things that they can actually achieve if they were to get sleep and eat right. There are many people who can do amazing things while they pursue unhealthy behaviors. If they only knew what they could accomplish if they made the choice to stay healthy.

  • flaschbm09

    Also I just try to remind him that he’s not only putting him life in jeopardy, but also the lives of others who are driving and in the car with him. I thought that what you were talking about with understanding that you’re sleep deprived is an awesome thing to notice. I hope that the information helps you with your tired driving. Also I always thought that cramming and staying up those few extra hours before an exam were super helpful so don’t worry, you’re not alone.

  • Sara_Kay0316

    I agree with this. People are always justifying and rationalizing. “I worked out today so this huge brownie isn’t as bad right?. I also agree with the statement of people performing well while engaging in these unhealthy behaviors. This is why there’s always the potential for more. People should never stop when they think they have reached the best they can possibly be, because there’s always room for improvement.

  • CPanella1

    I can relate to this because I’m not a night person by any means, and I’m a napper. If I don’t get enough sleep I’m crabby. My performance is much higher when I got enough sleep and the sooner I go to bed the earlier I can rise and my days feel longer which leads to more productivity at work and for my own well being!

  • mindhamrr11

    I agree that people sometimes think they are invincible when it come to their health. It is hard to see the damage to the body from poor eating habits and lack of exercise because it takes so long for it to finally catch up to them. The only real short term effects someone can see or feel with an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise is weight gain and lack of energy, and they may not even realize they have a lack of energy from those two things if they never know what it feels like to eat healthy and exercise.

  • mindhamrr11

    I like your point about what lack of sleep can do. I never heard about the Challenger explosion until now, and that sounds awful. A lot of people don’t make sleep a priority and abuse the use of caffeine to try to get them through the day, and whether or not they like to admit it, it is going to catch up to them, and they’re going to crash.

  • mindhamrr11

    I agree with you that it can be easier to wake up with less sleep, but I know that I am going to crash as soon as I get through my classes for the day which is never good. When I get a full nights sleep, I feel good for most of the day, and I don’t feel the urge to take a nap during the day, so I can get more done.

  • mindhamrr11

    I agree with you. I feel so much better after a full nights sleep. When I don’t get enough sleep at night, I always feel like I have to take a nap during the day, and I can’t afford to lose out on that time most days, so it is much more beneficial for me to just get my 8 hours of sleep in at night.

  • mindhamrr11

    I like your point about people justifying a huge brownie because they worked out that day. It sounds like a great idea at first thought, but you really made your workout for nothing after eating that brownie because they cancel each other out.

  • Will Ettl

    This is going to be well every college student the upcoming weeks because of finals. They are going to push aside everything so they can pass that one exam. When in reality they need to find a healthy medium between the two so they do not become exhausted and well put themselves in a bad situation such as get sick during their exam or sleep right through it. The most important thing any one get do for their body is give it a rest and the appropriate amount of it.

  • Austin Jones

    Youre so right, sleep is so important. Sleep is something i know is important, but will sometimes neglect without even thinking about it. I need to start demanding 8 hours of sleeping time to myself and i know ill feel alot better!

  • Alex Marski

    Im the same way if I don’t sleep the proper amount and fuel my body the correct way I seem to be forgetful and lazy. I tend to do the same thing as you and want to lay down in the middle of the day but in reality I could’ve used that to be productive or workout if I got the right amount of sleep.

  • Nathan Tessar

    I totally agree. I have pushed so much aside and am struggling to get through all of this stuff to get good grades. I’m putting myself in a stressful situation when I could of done little things to help prevent this stress from occurring. Learning from your mistakes helps and I believe that I have learned not to procrastinate in the near future because of this year.

  • flaschbm09

    I feel that way too. On average, I get 5-6 hours of sleep but I do notice that I feel tired, I yawn a lot and feel that I could sleep at any moment. I do however have trouble taking naps during the day. I don’t know why but I feel like it’s so difficult for me to take naps throughout the day. I’m just constantly thinking about all the things I have to do and then I can’t fall asleep until I complete the things on my mind.

  • Emily Krueger

    I agree that sleep is very important for me to stay on task. But it hard some weeks to get about 8 hours of sleep as a college student. Sometime weeks I can not fall asleep easy due to many ideas and due dates rolling around in my head. But then there other times when my head hit the pillow I am out like a light. Overall , I have learned helpful coping skill in the stress Management class taught by ann Garvin to use when I have a hard time. The coping skills includes take a hot shower before bed, not bring my phone into my bed and have my room be very dark to get a good night sleep.

  • Katie Germain

    I definitely agree! I am bad like that when I have exams and cram all of the information I need to know in a few nights and forget to take care of myself. I usually forget to sleep and eat healthy, and that causes me to be crabby. Since finals are approaching, I am going to try my best to get enough sleep and to remember to workout and eat healthy.

  • Katie Germain

    That is how I am too! I usually only get 6 or 7 hours of sleep when I really need 8 or 9 to be able to function normally for the day. I find myself very tired throughout the day but it can be hard for me to take naps because I know I have so much on my plate and I don’t want to forget an assignment or something.

  • Sara_Kay0316

    Yeah, we learn a lot about this in psychology. It’s actually really interesting to dig deep into how the human mind and body work together.

  • Katie Germain

    Sleep is definitely crucial!! I love when I get a good night’s sleep and wake up before my alarm clock. I try to make sure that I go to bed at a reasonable hour so I can wake up happy and well rested, otherwise I am tired all day and cannot function. Sleep is the most important thing!

  • Paige Cuchna

    I couldn’t agree with you more. There are times that I don’t think i will ever be able to fall asleep but others times that I will pass out right away. This is me with finals 100%. I stay up late nights and probably dont eat the best to be able to get my stuff done but in reality I should be eating right and getting enough sleep because thats whats going to give me the energy i need to take my finals.

  • Leah Renee

    I have always known that I need 9 hours of sleep to be fully rested. If I get less for one night I’ll be fine but I will have to catch up the next day. But since taking Ann Garvin’s class I definitely make it more of a priority because I realize now that I will not have productive hours if I don’t get my sleep first. It is pointless for me to try to skip sleep in order to get something done because I won’t be able to get it done nearly as quickly or as well, or even at all, if I don’t get my sleep. Sleep is #1

  • Will Ettl

    Thank you for your comment. I understand you completely and I have learned the same thing that you have. I will need to be a better time manager in the future. I procrastinate too much and shouldn’t.

  • Will Ettl

    Sleep is by far the most important thing that your body needs. In order to do better on your exams you will need to get rest. I have realized this so much in the past couple of years. When I manage my time and get appropriate sleep and also study than I do best.

  • Desiree

    I totally agree that getting enough sleep makes your body feel a lot better because personally I don’t know why but Im constantly tired and sometimes I never know why but reading this article I think its because my sleep schedule isn’t consistent. One day I get full sleep next day im tossing and turning and wakin up in the middle of the night all the time. I feel like that every time I drive im sleepy and there were times where I caught myself drifting off because of lack of sleep. its scary to see the static about how many car accidents happen from sleep deprivation. I do believe that sleep is one of the bests ways to be healthy and feel good about yourself

  • flaschbm09

    Exactly! I just feel anxious about it and worry until I eventually get up. It happens to me at night sometimes too. I also think that it’s hard because I don’t really have any dark rooms in my house, which makes napping during the day really difficult.

  • Marlee Williams

    I do the same thing, and it is really bad because instead of being productive and getting all my studying/homework done, I end up being tired and lethargic and cranky. Staying up really late and cramming is a bad idea. What everyone needs to do is prioritize and make time for the important things throughout the week so that it all gets done and you aren’t waiting until the last minute.

  • Marlee Williams

    I have a procrastination problem as well. It’s such a terrible habit and I’m really trying to stop, but it’s very hard to. I save everything for the night before it’s due and then I end up staying up super late to try to get it done. I need to stop doing this!!

  • Marlee Williams

    I agree with this as well! Last semester, I would stay up super late and then be tired all day the next day. This semester I started going to bed a lot earlier so I get eight hours of sleep a night and it has much a HUGE difference. I have so much more energy during the day now and can be a lot more productive. It’s great.

  • Will Ettl

    Honestly If you talk to almost every college student you will see that everyone has procrastinated in their life at one point or another. It is one of the hardest habits to break and I know I have to stop but for some reason I keep on doing it.

  • Marlee Williams

    I’m definitely the same way! I need at least 7-8 hours to function for an entire day because if I get any less I’m tired and crabby all day until I can take a nap. And then when I nap I feel like I’m wasting time that I could be productive and doing something else.

  • Marlee Williams

    Exactly. When I nap, I’m wasting time that I could be getting stuff done. Also, when I wake up from naps, I feel even more tired and groggy than I was before.

  • afallon14

    I am the same way when I get sleep at night! I always feel tired throughout the day so sometimes I take a nap and then I can’t fall asleep at night. Or if I didn’t get a chance to take a nap then I will fall asleep fairly quickly at night, which means that my sleep is not consistent. It also doesn’t help that when I go out on the weekend, I stay out way later than the weekdays and therefore sleep in more in the morning and then my whole sleep schedule is messed up. The beginning of the week is the worst for me because that is when I am the most tired from not getting enough sleep on the weekend. Sleep is obviously good for you and it is the best to get a full good nights sleep to feel better in the morning and throughout the day to perform your best.


    I’m with you guys! Procrastination is such a vicious cycle, and it goes hand in hand with sleep deprivation for me. I continually wait until the last minute to do homework and study, and up until now I’ve been the one to justify it by saying that “I do better work under pressure.” In reality, however, I don’t even think I know how much better the quality of my work could be if I didn’t wait so long to get started on it and end up doing it half asleep.


    Me too! I’ve also been trying to implement what Ann has been talking about in class about using the times throughout the day when I have the most energy to be productive. I am so busy throughout the day that I find myself wanting to do nothing when I get some down time, but I’ve been really focusing on using those quick little breaks between classes to be productive so I can get more sleep at night. I now realize how much time I was wasting on social media as well. It’s crazy!

  • Will Ettl

    Yeah it just seems like the cycle will never end because I keep doing it. I really am not sure how to stop it. I agree with how you say you justify it by saying you do better under pressure and I believe that every one says the same thing one point or another in their life.


    I completely agree! I find myself being very irritable when I don’t get enough sleep, which influences my relationships with everybody around me. I obviously don’t enjoy acting that way, which is why I’ve been really trying to get more sleep each night. Old habits die hard sometimes, so it’s been difficult, but I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my mood already. I feel so much more equipped to take on the day and accomplish all of my goals for a given day when I simply get enough sleep. It’s crazy how much of a difference it makes. It is now one of my top priorities.


    Interesting point about the quote, “Sleep is for the weak.” I admittedly used to have that type of mindset, and it is not until very recently that I have learned the opposite is true. Sleep is for the strong. Sleep is for the healthy. Sleep is for the intelligent. Sleep is for everybody, and so many people don’t get enough of it. Sleep is absolutely essential to those that have goals, dreams, and aspirations. It is the #1 thing we should assure we have in place, but it’s importance is so often disregarded.

  • Thumbs_up

    That is really nice, right?? I wish get enough sleep too everyday. But our routine of students are crazy. I am trying to prioritize my rest time too but have been hard to accomplish it. My problem is when I get around only 4 or 5 hours of sleep. It is not healthy, I know. And sometimes I can feel my brain starting to “shut down” and that is when I know the cause.


    I can relate. I used to be notorious for getting only 4-5 hours of sleep as well. However, it really started to take a toll on my body and productivity level. I used to stay up very late and night and get up early to be able to get more stuff done. Now I know that in reality, I will be able to get more done if I am well rested. If I am exhausted throughout the day, I find myself putting off important tasks and laying around more because my brain is on overload mode.

  • Thumbs_up

    Nice. Which one were your first steps that you did to change your routine? I have been trying for a long time and now I want to do it, and do it right. I want to incorporate those habits to my life once for all.

  • purperoar21

    Being okay with a mediocre sleep pattern is similar to having a poor diet and not exercising. People don’t realize how great our bodies are meant to feel and how much more productively we can function if we give it what it needs. Simply thinking that just because you can pull off functioning borderline zombie but can get away with looking like a human being who is just a groggy grump makes us think that sleep is something we can sacrifice. However, we don’t charge our bodies just to go through the motions of a student/employee/what have you, half assed. We don’t see opportunity to go above and beyond because we allow are selves to not achieve the average. How we treat our body directly effects the fate of our success and those around us.

  • Ryan Dow

    Without sleep our body cna’t function at full. So I find it hard to believe that people actually think they can focus and function at 100% without sleep.

  • Tyler Hebert

    Sleep is so important. Being a college kid, I know I don’t always get 8 hours and it sucks. I’m always tempted to skip a class in the morning. In high school it was easy because there really wasn’t many distractions. In college, you are surrounded by friends and staying up late with friends is always fun. College kids tend to put off stuff till late at night when we should be sleeping then in the morning we are falling asleep in class or dozing off, not paying attention.

  • Brady

    Even I high school, I know I never got close to 8 hours. Teenage brains are not wired correctly to go to bed early and wake up early. But that’s another issue. Sleep is should be such an easy thing to achieve, but in today’s society, every hour of sleep seems to be a blessing.

  • Brady

    But who honestly has time to get that 8 hours? College kids dont. Speaking from myself, I have 17 credits and work 35 hours a week. Sleep? What’s that?

  • Steven Hass

    I feel like living in a college town, that nobody ever gets a full night of sleep. Having class at 8 A.M. there only seems to be a few people who are ready for the day and to learn. Most students will sit on there phones and yawn at their screen for 50 minutes. Often times if I do not get enough sleep it’s hard to focus on the professor because I’m trying to keep my eyes open.

  • Steven Hass

    I completely agree with this comment. Imagine how much lost productivity everyone loses every day just from not getting enough sleep.

  • Ryan Dow

    True, I’m in the same boat as you, well besides the work hours. It is hard to balance it all out.

  • kolinjk29

    Sleep is very important to me. If I don’t get a least 8 hours of sleep each night I have trouble getting what I want to accomplish for the day because I am less energized. I learned this the hard way when I took 17 credits one semester while trying to work a full-time job. Needless to say that semester I was miserable. I was always getting sick and struggled keeping up on homework and my social life nearly disappeared. Sometimes I feel that college teaches me more about prioritizing than it does anything else. I now make it a priority to get a least 8 hours of sleep each night. It has really made me feel so much healthier and has helped me get through the long school semester.

  • kolinjk29

    You make a great point. I had that same problem, doing my homework late a night is not fun. It puts a lot of stress on your body and I always seem like I do worse on assignments and tests when I do this. Some people are able to stay up late and cram for a test, but I am not one of them.

  • kgonyo

    I think the biggest problem with people not getting enough sleep is the the competition within us. We see others getting less sleep and pulling all nighters studying for exams and think we should be doing the same, too. If we could see how we perform on the same test with and without enough sleep, maybe we’d change our patterns. However, we only take each test once, and we’ll never know if we would’ve done better with more sleep. So, we continue our ways of staying up late studying with everyone else in the library past midnight.

  • Tyler Mueller

    I completely agree with you on this! Not enough people realize how important sleep really is for our bodies, and then they wonder why the feel stressed and fatigued all the time. If we do the things we need to do which are eating more carbohydrates, exercise for 30 minutes a day, and to sleep for 8 hours a night out bodies will be set to live a long successful life!

  • Brady

    Yeah, its a long and tough time, but hopefully its all for the better.

  • Timothy Joseph Basaldua

    I agree. I feel like just because my peer can pull an all nighter, I can to. I actually do my best work when I get plenty of sleep. I feel very anxious and jittery if I don’t get enough sleep. I get test anxiety. I try to space out my studying throughout the week. It isn’t always easy and time is not always on my side, but I feel much more prepared and relaxed when I can go to bed early and get plenty of rest.

  • Timothy Joseph Basaldua

    I used to stay out really late and I wouldn’t go to bed until 3am or 4am. When I was younger, I was able to wake up at 7am and work a full day. I could never imagine doing that now. I only get 5-6 hours a sleep, but I guess that’s better than no sleep at all. I have a hard time falling asleep, probably because I have so much on my mind. Rather than being unhealthy and drinking red bulls constantly, I try to go to bed as early as I can. My wife goes to bed really early, because she needs a full 8 hours to function. It would be scary to doze off while sleeping. Definitely a reality check!

  • Timothy Joseph Basaldua

    I agree. My sleep schedule is way off, because of finals and projects. I am so busy during the day, I don’t have a time to take naps like some of my friends. I am out of the house from 7am to 9pm at night. When I get home, I want to watch a baseball game or play video games. I heard that watching television or playing on your phone can be over stimulating. I usually fall asleep on the couch, which probably isn’t good. I’d probably get a much better nights sleep if I sleep in my bed.

  • McKennaKJ29

    I do not know why we as college students are so reluctant to go to bed. Often times our devices can be a big distraction. Staying up to surf around on facebook seems ridiculous when we understand how beneficial sleep can be for us.

  • Ryan Dow

    I noticed as the years progress it gets better. So hopefully it will for you.

  • Jpl89

    I still struggle to adjust my sleeping routine to a eater schedule. I don’t why I feel I like I want to go tosleep at 3-4am and wake up at noon, that just seems natural to me. But it doesn’t to work very well with everyone else’s schedule so I have to adjust.


    Isn’t that the truth! I have gone so far as deactivating my social media sites when I know I have a big exam or project coming up because it’s so distracting. I make a conscious effort each day to try to get myself to sleep more, yet I still find myself on Facebook right before bed. It’s something I’m working on, but it’s a hard habit to break. It’s addicting! If I cared more about my valuable sleep and less about other people’s lives, I would be in much better shape at this point.


    Very well put, Will. It’s incredibly ironic that we expect our minds and bodies to perform at their very best (during exam time, for example), when we neglect them the most. Personally, I am notorious for sleep deprivation, especially towards the end of the semester. I think nutrition often takes a turn for the worse throughout exam time as well. I know many people that either overeat or don’t eat enough due to stress, and our bodies simply can’t function as well under those conditions. I believe it’s always important to be deliberate with sleep, hydration, and nutrition, but especially during periods of our lives that are stressful.