Putting A Lack of Sleep to Bed

Sleep deprivation is common when it comes to college students. It is sometimes necessary when midterms, papers, and finals are involved. However, there are consequences to the lack of sleep.

Sleep deprivation can lead to colds and the flu since your immune system is affected. Lack of sleep can also cause accidents, depression, aging, forgetfulness, weight gain, and impaired judgment. By learning ways to get more sleep and fall asleep quicker, any college student can still maintain high academic performance.

Good grades and quality sleep don’t have to be mutually exclusive. According to Everyday Health, there are some tips and tricks that you can do everyday to help combat sleep deprivation so you stay healthy. Practicing these tips every day can keep the hours you sleep and your GPA high.

1. Limit your caffeine intake.
By lowering your caffeine intake, especially in the hours before you go to bed, it would be easier to fall asleep. Not having that additional adrenaline would help calm you before bed.

2. Stick with a sleep schedule.
Having the same routine every day will help you fall asleep at the same time every night and create a sleeping schedule for your body so waking up early in the morning and going to bed early doesn’t seem like an impossible task. Sticking to a strict routine could help you be more productive and limit sleep deprivation.

3. Exercise in the morning.
Getting your exercise in the morning will make you feel more awake and energized. If you wait until the evening, you might get this energy right before you try to fall asleep. Waking up early to exercise might also make it easier for you to stick to your sleeping routine.

4. Turn off the TV before bed.
The lights and stimulation that you get from watching television right before going to bed will increase the time it takes you to fall asleep. Turning off not only your television but all electronic devices will decrease the stimulation, decrease the amount of light you are getting, and provide you with a better night’s sleep.

5. Don’t study on your bed.
This will only provide you with temptation and remind you that it is so much easier to just lay down and take a nap. Spending this time during the day off your bed will help you fall asleep since you won’t associate it with working or studying. If the bed is only used for sleep, once your head hits the pillow it will be lights out.

6. Don’t drink alcohol before going to bed.
While this seems like an unlikely task for many college students, you will find that you sleep much better by skipping the alcoholic beverages before you call it a night. If this seems like something that just can not be done, try to limit the amount you drink and the number of times a week that you are doing so.

While there are still going to be nights that you watch the sun rise as you leave the library after pulling an all-nighter, you might find that these small tips will help you feel healthier, and more energized during the day. Small steps can make a big difference in the amount of sleep you get.

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Goodbye, PR 317


To say that PR 317 has changed my perspective about writing would be an understatement. Before starting this class, I had never even heard of AP style. I had originally thought that I was on the right track and was fairly knowledgeable about good writing and what it took to write as a part of a profession. I could not have been more wrong.

While I knew that there was obvious room for improvement, I underestimated just how different writing for public relations was from any writing I had done in high school or even college. One of the most important things that I learned is that getting good grades doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a good writer. In the professional world, your boss won’t determine if your work is good by simply assigning you a letter grade. They won’t be able to give you feedback, and so you need to know your strengths and be able to begin a job confident enough that you can deliver the very best work.

I really enjoy a challenge, and that is the best way that I can describe this class. Learning a new and unique style of writing that is relevant to what I want to do with my career has been scary and exciting at the same time. When I first learned what AP style was, I never thought I would be able to succeed in this class. However, I quickly realized that it is not expected of me to immediately memorize and be able to write in AP style. It is something that is learned over time, and with practice I am confident that when I graduate and start working, I will be more comfortable with this new style of writing.

Writing has never been my favorite subject. While I enjoy doing it, it was always more stressful than fun to me. While this class was not easy, I often found myself having more fun while writing than anything else. PR is something that I am passionate about, and being in PR 317 has confirmed that writing is not something to be scared about, but something that can be entertaining.

I am looking forward to the future and seeing where these new skills take me, and I can’t wait to look back in a couple of years and be able to tell how far my writing has come. As for my goals in this class, I am more confident that this is the right career path for me, and more confident that my writing abilities continue to grow and will only improve from here.


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