SURPRISE: you don’t need to pull all-nighters in order to be a successful student. If you’re used to studying all through the night, then chances are you’re doing something wrong. You’re inefficient. Moreover, you’re harming your own health.
The good news is that the fall semester is still in its embryonic stages; for most of us, homework hasn’t started to pick up, and though it’s busy, everything is still manageable.
Last week, Lifehacker featured this article about weekend sleep habits, where they quote Dr. Gregory Carter from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre. The message? Don’t sleep in on weekends. Doing so will mess up your internal clock and leave you groggy on Monday morning, which never helps for 8:30 am class. Eight hours is the target that you should aim for.
One of the biggest things that I’ve learned in university is that BEING TIRED SUCKS. “Well, that’s obvious,” you might say. Wrong. I don’t know how many people I’ve met that brag about their busyness, and the fact that there’s not enough time in the day to get everything done. Thus, 15, 16 and who knows… 20-hour work days. Well, you always feel like garbage on days like that, and I’d much rather feel energized, attentive and on my toes.
Still not convinced? Check out this TED Talk by Arianna Huffington: