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It’s time to make up for all those missed naps from Pre-K

It’s time to make up for all those missed naps from Pre-K

February 25
00:26 2016

Sidney Johnson | Staff Writer

@Sidjohn87

We students at UNT are hard-working and punctual. We consistently meet all assignment deadlines no matter the circumstances. We don’t drink, we don’t smoke and we definitely get our full eight-hours each night after re-reading our syllabi to ensure we are on top of our game each day. Pinky promise.

JK. I’m sure I speak for the majority of students when I say I am overworked, underpaid and scrape by one eight-minute midday nap at a time. When that cup ‘o Joe from Big Mike’s is fading and those words on your laptop screen begin to swirl into each other, you know what time it is.

A balanced sleep schedule is difficult to maintain after procrastinating all week before your overzealous project partners release the hounds for your portion of the project, but this sleep thing is important, for school’s sake.

The Illinois State Center for Health Promotion and Wellness gives us six great reasons to reject that Fry St. crawl on a Saturday night:

1. Improves learning and memory.

2. Gives positive impacts on metabolism and weight.

3. Increases safety and performance.

4. Better mood.

5. Strengthens immune system.

6. Reduces stress.

Boom — science has told us it would be in our best interest, academically speaking, to lie down instead of turn up.

I often look back to those days of pre-school, when we unknowingly had it made – all we had to do was cut shapes, eat our snack-pack and give a reprieve to those brave souls who volunteered to watch us through nap time.

Now I’m a borderline insomniac, eat whatever I can find and if I cut anything, I’ll probably go to jail.

Being a working college student can be rough, but neglecting to count the adequate amount of sheep isn’t in our best interest. After all, it ensures you’re not dragging your sleepless body into that 8:00 a.m. class like one of the undead.

Based on the evidence presented here, and the high-stress load experienced by most college students, it would seem fitting to take advantage of that little spare time between classes and catch up on some Z’s.

Your health is directly tied to it, and with the brain still developing, you need all the help you can get. Funny how now that it isn’t mandatory, it’s something you’d give anything to do again.

So, in the spirit of better moods and a higher capacity for thinking, take a nap.

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