Want to do well? Find out which sleep habits hinder or boost your performance
It’s 2am in the morning. You are still typing out your assignment and exchanging text messages with your project mates. Sleep? No time!
Do you know that one of the secrets to doing well is a good night’s sleep?
“Getting enough sleep is very important. When I get seven to eight hours of sleep, I feel alert, can focus well and complete my assignments quickly. When I stay up late for several nights, my focus and concentration is affected. It just takes me more time to get things done,” said Pang Yijun, a Business Studies student at Temasek Polytechnic.
When you sleep well, it has a positive impact on your immune function, metabolism, memory, and learning.
So, if you are aiming to do well, aim to
sleep well first!
3 Ways to Improve Sleep Quality
What keeps you and your friends up at night?
Is it an increasingly digital lifestyle? We know how hard it is to put away your electronic devices like tablets and smartphones. What you may not know is that using electronic devices before sleep makes it harder for you to fall asleep. This is because the blue light from the screens of smartphones, computers and tablets has been shown to delay or reduce the production of melatonin in the evening, a hormone that makes us feel sleepy.
Maybe your schedules are simply too packed? Like Chia Wen Chong, a third-year life science student at NUS, who has a heavy workload and after-school activities, and goes to bed only between 12am to 2am.
Or do you view keeping late nights as a badge of honour, thinking you can do more, when you “mug” to study or complete your homework assignments into the wee hours of the night?
Sean Koh, second-year nursing student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic sees many of his peers going to bed after midnight, with some as late as 3am. The reasons? Computer games, completing homework assignments or social activities.
Back to School Tips and Tricks
Try to take charge of your sleep by aiming to:
Try these to break the habit of staying up late:
Besides aiming to sleep enough, try to sleep well too. To have
When you get enough Zs, you will wake up feeling more refreshed to take on the challenges ahead of you!
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This article was last reviewed on
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