Students that short change themselves on sleep during school nights are not able to compensate for the deficit by sleeping longer on the weekends. Recently sleep researchers discovered that students with irregular bedtimes, consistently going to be after 10 p.m. and sleeping less than 8 hours a night have lower grade point averages (GPA). This is because of the body’s biological clock.
Going to bed at irregular times and regularly staying up past 10 p.m. resets the biological clock. This is bad news for students with early morning classes because an erratic bedtime can reset the body’s biological clock. When this happens, the body sees the 8 a.m. exam as a 5 a.m. exam.
Use sleep to your advantage. Have a consistent bedtime and plan on being in bed for 8 hours. To help you fall asleep faster practice good sleep hygiene. See my earlier post for sleep hygiene instructions.