I want to start out this blog post by saying that I am a huge fan of sleep. Even when I was a child, I did not have to be asked twice to go take a nap. This is a good thing! New studies have come out recently stating that the recommended amount of sleep has changed from 8 hours to 9 hours for adults.
Personally, I believe the time should be longer for college students. There are many variables of stress in a college student’s life other than going to school. Of course, class, exams, homework, projects, etc. are obvious points of stress but there are more major stress points. Financials, student loans, friends, relationships, time management, the list could go on and on.
Sleep is that one time where you can forget that you owe rent tomorrow and your group project isn’t working out because you have that group member. It is also beneficial to your health, memory, and lifestyle in general. According to the Sleep Foundation, short sleeping lengths contribute to increased risk of vehicular accidents, obesity, diabetes, heart issues, and even psychiatric problems.
The Sleep Foundation also admits there is not a magic number of sleep for the public. Each person has their own number of sleep time that works for them. Yours may be 7.5 hours or it may extend to 12 hours. What ever the time amount may be, it is important for you to find your comfort zone.