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Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Academics | 0 comments

Sleep vs. schoolwork

Sleep vs. schoolwork

“How do you balance sleep and homework, but still do well on the assignments?”

Dear Danny,

At the moment, I understand this question a bit too well. As a student in university already in 300 and 400 level classes, my workload has increased and I constantly have to stay up late to finish homework. Sometimes there are not enough hours during the day. I noticed this on my second week of classes, when I was about to go through one of those dreaded “all-nighters.” So I thought back on high school and my time at SPC, when my only rule for myself was that I needed to get 8 hours of sleep every night. Honestly, it was my only rule.

Sleep is not only important, it is necessary. The amount of sleep you get each night will determine your reaction time the next morning and your productivity. In classes and homework, it’s all about the reaction time. Additionally, I can promise you that no homework is worth an “all-nighter.” Your sanity is way more important.

I recently learned at a conference that it is not about how hard you work but how smart you work. When doing homework, try to prioritize your time depending on what needs to get done, when it’s due. I usually organize my homework by the amount of time it will take me to complete it and its level of difficulty. My advice, and one I should also practice more often, is to start your homework as soon as you can. As soon as your professor assigns it, you should be looking at the directions. Don’t leave it to the last minute and don’t procrastinate! It is absolutely the worst habit any person can possess. And please, take it from someone who knows, don’t take hours away from your sleep!

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