The only way to score a 4.0 is through mass caffeine consumption and pulling all-nighters studying, right? Science says otherwise. Numerous studies show that getting a poor night’s sleep can greatly affect performance the next day. CDC researchers even reported that students who only get five to six hours a night were twice as likely to report risky behavior.
If getting to sleep is impossible there’s a few easy step proven by science to get more rest and become your healthiest self.
Shut It Down
Experts say electronic devices with blue-light screens can mess up your body’s circadian rhythm. It is recommended to turn off phones, televisions and laptops an hour before bed. Sound too drastic?
Tip: Try downloading a blue-light filter app like f.lux. As the day changes, your device will start looking darker and warmer.
Don’t Be Scared of the Dark
Studies say that light can affect the production of melatonin, a chemical in the body that’s vital to sleep.
Tip: Try buying some black out curtains or investing in a sleep mask. Get your body ready for sleep by dimming the lights an hour before bed.
Embrace Power Naps
While staying up late may not be the best for the body, it is sometimes unavoidable when there are important projects to finish. Researchers have found that a long nap can greatly improve alertness for up to 24 hours.
Tip: If you are expecting a late night, give yourself a long nap of two hours or more beforehand.
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Anna Goforth, Student Ambassador and College Blogger for ACI Specialty Benefits, is a Journalism and Public Relations student at Point Loma Nazarene University. Anna writes for ACI’s HealthyU™ blog while keeping up with college life. After moving from Alabama to California for college, Anna spent a semester abroad in London where she traveled throughout Europe.