The change of schedule from summer vacation with few responsibilities to the discipline of attending class and scheduling homework can potentially be a difficult aspect of returning after the break. Sleep schedules change and it can take time to become accustomed to the new routine. Staying up late during the summer wasn’t difficult because there was plenty of time to sleep late and take naps but during the school year it isn’t always possible to make up for lost sleep.
The best way to assure enough sleep isn’t always practical for students. It is, however, to maintain a set bedtime with eight hours scheduled to rest. Projects are due throughout the semester, and exams are known for all night study sessions. Although eight hours of scheduled sleep is best, the next best solution is to plan ahead for study time, social time, and assure eight hours of sleep is fit in each day.
When a student doesn’t get enough sleep, the effects multiply exponentially. Because lack of sleep causes a lack of concentration, papers and studies take longer to complete, leading to less time for sleep. It’s easier to stay caught up with each class than to get caught up. Once behind in a class, the daily lessons aren’t as efficient because the student doesn’t have the information they need to understand the class lesson. The homework becomes more difficult because the student has to learn the material on their own without the benefit of having learned it in class. Grades begin to drop and the student loses motivation as they begin to feel overwhelmed, meaning they lose even more sleep time to increased study hours in an attempt to simply make it through the class rather than excel.