Work Hard, Play Hard, Sleep Hard
Sleep is an essential part of our lives that can affect our day-to-day interactions and goals. Getting too little sleep can cause us to be irritated and to not perform daily activities as well as we usually do. Numerous publications and universities have posted about the benefits of sleep, including a personalized sleep assessment released by the University at Buffalo’s Wellness Center.
The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep
The benefits of sleep go beyond just the feeling of exhaustion. Your body works like a cell phone: It needs to be able to recharge if it’s going to last. But instead of just shutting down when the battery runs out, your body simply works more slowly and processes less. A good night’s sleep, on the other hand, can help you be more active and focused, among a number of other benefits:
- Improve your memory: Have you ever heard of the phrase “sleep on it”? Studies have shown that getting adequate sleep helps your body process and organize all the information it has gathered throughout the day.
- Improve your creativity: Sleep strengthens the emotional components of your brain, as well. These help to spur the creative processes in many different ways. If you have a creative project to complete, try it after a good night of sleep.
- Improve your grades: Both 1 and 2 promote better grades. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t cram for that big test. Missing some sleep for one night is okay — continued sleep deprivation, on the other hand, is a problem.
- Stay healthy: Sleep is connected to the metabolism sectors of the brain. Less sleep reduces the body’s ability to process everything — including food.
How to Sleep Better
The recommended amount of sleep for college students is seven to nine hours. Here are a few tips to help you reach that goal:
- Take naps during the day: Naps give your brain a break and let it collect itself.
- Avoid caffeine after 4:00 p.m.: Caffeine stays in the body four to six hours, with some lag time, which can prevent sleep.
- Don’t hit the snooze button: We know it’s tempting, but hitting snooze actually reduces the quality of sleep.
Find a Good Place to Sleep
At AXIS 360, we’ve set up our apartments to be fully furnished so that you can get these sleep benefits. You won’t have to set up any furniture — you can jump straight into bed. Our apartments come with a bed stand, a mattress, a nightstand, a dresser, a study desk, and an office chair. When you live at AXIS 360, you’ll get a hassle-free move, so you can start creating your own space to sleep. Contact us today to schedule a tour and see our new apartments near UB South.