Thursday, February 12, 2009

4 am and I meet far too often - I think it is time to end the relationship

I have never turned to sleep aides to help me sleep. Still, I find myself having trouble going to sleep at regular hours when I'm not swamped with work. I used to think it was just me and the other 6 hallmates still in the lounge at 3am who had a problem, but after reading this article from, I'm starting to see the trend.

The other night, I unfortunately didn't complete my comm paper until approximately 4am. It probably wasn't my best work. It definitely wasn't my best work, but I accepted the fact that a 4am revision workshop wouldn't be much help in my sleep deprived state. I hit the hay, got 31/2 hours of sleep, and booked to my class at 8:45am where I struggled to stay awake. Like my the quality of paper, my performance in class left much to be desired.

One thing this article mentions is that once the schedule of college students normalizes, they are likely to have trouble adjusting to normal sleep patterns. This concerns me because, although I do procrastinate occasionally, I'm pretty dedicated to getting my work done. Unfortunately, my workload doesn't allow me to have a normal sleep schedule. Being an RA usually disrupts my sleep patterns too. Conduct incidents and rounds don't really allow for sleep.

I wouldn't turn to prescription sleep aides to solve my problems because I don't think that's the solution, but I do wish there was someway to explain to my professors that 120 pages of reading and an essay in one night could be considered student abuse.

...I hope to write more later, but I'm in need of a pretty solid nap.

Until next time, Sweet Dreams.

--The Sleep Deprived Student