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Survival of the Sleepiest

Hey *yawn* guys. So, *yawn* you know what sucks?


Sleep deprivation, that’s what. You’d think 13+ years of school-filled days would teach us to organize our time and develop a pretty decent sleep schedule. Boy, were we wrong.  It’s like no matter how much sleep you get, sometimes you just don’t feel fully rested. And that leaves you *yaaawn* doing that all day! I have been having the biggest sleep struggle lately and instead of trying to best my energy-depriving foe, I’ve decided to find some ways to survive through the days when you feel like a zombie. So here’s some tips:

  1. Caffeine. Whatever your poison may be (Coffee, tea, energy drinks) make sure you have a quick supply at hand for the mornings. I emphasize mornings because getting caffeinated at night, which you may be tempted to do, can keep you from getting that sleep you obviously need. When I have time I always stop at the bookstore before class to get a Monster.
  2. Don’t OVER-SLEEP. My mistake was that I always thought I needed at least 9-10 hours of sleep. But as it turns out, getting too much sleep can do weird things to your system and trick your body into thinking it’s still tired. With 7-8 hours of sleep you actually wake up feeling pretty rested for the rest of the day. You may feel that initial sleepiness at first but once you get moving you’ll be good to go.
  3. Naps. One advantage to being a college student is that you get more free time during the day, depending on your class schedule. So use that to your advantage. Go back to your dorm, put on your pj’s, dive under your blankets, and crash. BUT only for an hour or two. Like I said, you don’t want to oversleep and if you nap for too long you won’t be tired when you actually go to bed.
  4. Finally, there’s my last resort, walking. I say last resort because of all the hills on campus that I just hate climbing. Plus the fact that it’s getting super cold now. But I have to admit, getting worn out after let’s say a 15-20 minute walk around campus is a pretty sure-fire way to get yourself tired enough to go to sleep.

So there you have it. The sleepy time survival guide by yours truly. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have just traversed multiple hills and sets of stairs and I’m starting to see stars. Goodnight all. PEACE.


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