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Chapter Kathy: How To SLEEP in College (yes it’s possible)

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So I’ve realized that I’ve been answering “I’m tired” basically every time someone has asked me how I’m doing. Literally even when I’m not, it’s just grown into a habit. Yet, SO MANY other people do that too, and complain about never getting sleep.

So hey, let’s explore that:

This is a REALLY good topic because so many people struggle with just letting their mind flip from reading textbooks and articles, getting work done, and trying to get ahead that it’s definitely difficult to take a mental step back and let yourself relax or SLEEP.

Something that I have found myself saying a lot recently to friends that stress over falling asleep instead of getting something done for class is just that you are being AS productive getting sleep as you are getting work done.

WAIT before you leave; hear me out!!!!!

First, if you do fall asleep unplanned, then that is your body telling you “hey, I’m getting over-worked; we need to chill out for a bit.”

Second, you can’t do homework if you collapse of exhaustion; I’m telling you it is not possible.

Third, sleep helps you work more productively, cope with emotions and generally just function more successfully.

Still not sure? Here’s what the experts have to say:

“Poor sleep among college students is a major, growing problem associated with lower academic performance, higher rates of health and emotional problems, and development of chronic sleep disorders” (Teresa D. Valerio, Myoung Jin Kim & Kathy Sexton-Radek 2015).

So you literally are going to do worse in school, get in trouble with your health and emotional stablilty and could have sleep problems for the rest of your life!

Here is where you say: I WOULD IF I COULD KATHY I WOULD IF I COULD.

Boi, listen I’ve got your back.

Here are some tips that I have for getting sleep, which have really worked for me:

  • When you have any free time at all; instead of watching TV, or doing work just take a 15+ minute nap. I swear you will feel so much more refreshed when you wake up and more motivated to succeed.
  • If you know that you have trouble sleeping and you have to get up early, get into bed two hours before you plan to fall asleep. Maybe that means reading a textbook in bed with a flashlight or watching tv (with lights out and pajamas on), but just letting yourself get into the state of “okay I need to fall asleep” has helped me so much.
  • You could get sleep medicine as well, of course it’s always best to check with your doctor before you do. They do sell some that are herbal and nonaddictive which basically just tell your brain that it’s time to sleep rather than completely put you to sleep.
  • Keep a bottle of water next to your bed (preferably reusable; go green!) so that if you get thirsty or need to hydrate it’s right there.
  • The smell of lavender is supposed to have really calming, sleep-promotive affects, so I’d recommend spraying around with lavender perfume or air freshener before you go to bed.
  • Lastly and perhaps most cliched, get your work done ahead of time! Yes I’m such a hypocrite saying this, but the best way to get sleep is if your work for the next day is already done and you don’t have to cram stuff in!

 

 

Have any other good tips? I could certainly use them!! Let me know in the comments 🙂

Love,

Kiss 4

 

Citation:

Valerio, T. D., Kim, M. J., & Sexton-Radek, K. (2016). Association of Stress, General Health, and Alcohol Use with Poor Sleep Quality among U.S. College Students. American Journal Of Health Education, 47(1), 17-23.

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Review By Acrostic Poem

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This is the acrostic poem review of one of the best books I’ve read in a long time (also a buddy read with Olivia @ Brewing Up Books).

That book would be:

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Ultimately beautiful

Never boring

I found Aristotle temporarily annoying, but then amazing.

Very well written

Everyone should read

Recieved many deserved awards

Star-kissed

Extraordinary

 

Love,

Kiss 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Shout out to the fabulous Maxine at The Rogue Storyteller for nominating me for this award!! Her blog is so creative yet organized so if you’re not following her, what are you waiting for? Go do it!! 🙂

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Here are the rules:

– Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
– Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
– Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
– List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Maxine’s Questions (My Answers):

1. What fictional universe would you like to live in if given the chance?

Harry Potter 100 percent. It would be so awesome to have magic powers!!! Also Hogwarts.
2. Where are your top three travel destinations?

I’m not entirely sure if this means places I’ve been or places I want to go, so I’ll do the latter. I have always wanted to visit Ireland, Greece, and Egypt. If you’re from any of those places let me know the best spots to visit within them!
3. Describe your reading habits in as few words as possible.

Read. Slump. Read. Swoon. Read. Laugh. Read. Cry. Read. Read. Read.
4. What do you like most about your favorite book?

One of my favorite books is Heist Society by: Ally Carter. I love how fast-paced and gripping it is!
5. If you could get a book related tattoo, what would it be? (stealing this from Katy)

I think if I were to get one, it would probably be a quote from The Secret Garden or Harry Potter glasses.
6. What book or book series do you think could have been a major hit if it had just a little more oomf?

I think that the Mother-Daughter Book Club series could have definitely been more popular than it was.
7. Have you ever read a book in a language different to your native one?

Unfortunately no, but I definitely want to read more translated books.
8. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Oftentimes it’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission.
9.  What would you like to see more of in YA fiction?

I would love to see more minority groups represented!
10. What kind of music/which artists do you like to listen to when you’re happy?

A little bit of everything.
11. If you were a book character, what genre would you most likely be found in?

Probably contemporary or fantasy.

My Questions:

  1. Who most inspires you from your own life and why?
  2. Who most inspires you in a book and why?
  3. If you could redesign a book cover, what book would you choose?
  4. Do you prefer hardback books or paperback books?
  5. How about print books vs. ebooks?
  6. If you had a child, what virtue would you stress to them the most?
  7. What was your favorite book as a kid?
  8. If you were to be famous for something, what would it be for?
  9. What’s your favorite thing about being a blogger?
  10. Fill in the blank: The world needs more ____.
  11. Which book do you think represents your personality the best?

My Nominees:

  1. Olivia @ https://brewingupbooks.wordpress.com/
  2. Lorna @ https://suddenlylorna.wordpress.com/
  3. Emily @ https://alwaysopinionatedgirl.wordpress.com/
  4. Analee @ https://booksnacksblog.wordpress.com/
  5. Amy @ https://novelgossip.com/
  6. Sarah @ https://reviewsreadathons.wordpress.com/
  7. Ola @ https://olareadsbooks.wordpress.com/
  8. Robin @ https://afondnessforreading.wordpress.com/
  9. Jordan @ https://youngadultbookmadness.wordpress.com/
  10. Ana @ https://anaslair.wordpress.com/
  11. Ashleigh @ https://afrolicthroughfiction.wordpress.com/

That’s All! I hope you have an awesome day 🙂

Love,

Kiss 4