Lack of sleep can turn you into a zombie
Homework, rowdy roommates, bright lights, work, friends, loud noises — there is a lot that stands between you and sleep.
When you run low on sleep, you can be slow and lack focus—much like a zombie. Illinois State students report sleep as the second highest obstacle to academic success. Sleep is a vital part of your overall well being.
Effects of lack of sleep
In addition to feeling like a zombie, running on little sleep can cause
- Slowed response times
- Decreased decision-making abilities
- Poor school and/or work performance
- Weakened immune system
- Over time can lead to an increased risked for chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression and obesity.
Tips for better sleep
Below are ways to help you get the seven to nine hours of sleep that your body needs:
- As much as possible, got to bed and wake up at the same times. This helps your body develop regular sleep patterns.
- Avoid electronics right before sleep. Watching TV, using the computer and yes, even your cell phone, stimulate your brain and can make falling asleep hard.
- Reserve your bed for sleeping and not for homework or using your computer. This helps cue your body that bed means sleep.
- Create a good sleeping environment. Things like temperature, amount of light and noise can stand between you and a good night’s sleep.
- Have a relaxing bedtime ritual. For some, this may be listening to soothing music, taking a bath or having decaffeinated warm tea. Find what works for you and stick to it.
For more information on sleep, visit the Health Promotion and Wellness sleep page.