Ever heard of the phrase, “Sleep is where memories are formed?” Well that is because sleep is quite literally the memory-making machine. For many, college is an exciting and adventurous time of finding out who you are as an individual and becoming the person you’d like to be. College can be a time where some of the most fantastic memories are made… memories that one will want to remember and reminisce of in the future. Getting solid sleep throughout college is extremely important to hold on to those memorable times.
Nowadays, college students are becoming one of the most sleep-deprived populations. Whether it’s the heavy load of course work, sports, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, or the very active social life, students are getting robbed of some essential shuteye. You probably have heard of the general importance of sleep many times before, but you may not know just how strongly inadequate sleep can impact the learning processes in the brain. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, poor sleep affects all three processes involved in learning: acquisition, consolidation, and recall. This means that not getting a good night’s sleep (7-8 hours) can have a profound effect on the way the brain receives and stores information, stabilizing and makes memories, and retrieve information when necessary.
Pulling an all- nighter to study hard right before a test when you are in a rush may seem like a great idea at the time- but it actually does little to no help for the individual to actually learn something. Studies discussed by the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School conclude that if students don’t get enough sleep, the ability to focus and recall old information is slowed. In fact, the brain will be even less likely to retain any information that was crammed into the brain the day and night before the all- nighter.
So, find a way to balance your time so that all- nighters can be avoided so that you can get the right amount of sleep you need to learn new information and retain memories. Remember that you deserve good sleep as a hard-working college student!
Helpful Hints for getting more sleep:
Recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
1. Go to bed early to get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep.
2. Try doing something relaxing before bed if you are having trouble falling asleep.
3. Keep your naps less than an hour length and take them before 3pm not to disrupt your night sleep.
4. Wake up at the same time on weekends as during the week. Inconsistent sleep schedules may lead to sleepless nights.
5. Limit caffeine intake, especially in the afternoon and at nighttime so that it is easier to wind down in the evening.
6. Dim the lights in the evening (to let your body know it is time to sleep) and let in the sunlight in the morning (to promote alertness).
7. Eat light at night. It’s best to eat a light healthy snack before bedtime because a big meal right before bed will give your body excess energy and make it hard to fall asleep.
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Contrary to what some may think, smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smokeless tobacco is even more habit forming because it contains a higher concentration of nicotine than cigarettes. One dip contains three to five times the amount of nicotine as one cigarette and studies show that nicotine is as addictive as cocaine or heroin.
Smokeless Tobacco is not here to save the day or your body from harm; it can, in fact, lead to many dangerous health risks and issues:
- Smokeless tobacco contains 28 cancer-causing agents (carcinogens)
- Smokeless tobacco is a known cause of human cancer; it can lead to cancers of the lips, tongue, floor of mouth, cheeks, gums, throat, esophagus, larynx, and stomach
- Smokeless tobacco can cause recession of the gums, gum disease, and tooth decay
- Other oral side effects include staining of teeth, loss of taste, and bad breath
- Smokeless tobacco use during pregnancy highly increases the risks for preeclampsia (i.e., a condition that may include high blood pressure, fluid retention, and swelling), premature birth, and low birth weight.
- Smokeless tobacco use by men causes reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm cells
- Smokeless tobacco is associated with sexual dysfunction
Save The Date!
- February 17 – 23 marks Through With Chew Week, a week designed to raise awareness of the harmful effects of smokeless tobacco.
- The Great American Spit Out, on February 21, occurs in conjunction with Through With Chew Week and is a day when smokeless tobacco users are encouraged to quit for a day and, ultimately, quit for good.
Celebrate Tobacco Free UND by participating in Through With Chew week and the Great American Spit Out!
As part of the Pursuit of Wellness, stop by the Memorial Union on February 21 from 11 am – 1 pm to learn more about smokeless tobacco and get armed with quit resources such as a free quit spit kit!
Activity: Roll the Dice with your Financial Life. Financial Wellness Office, McCannel Hall, 4th floor.
Friday, February 1st at 10am-2pm
This activity was to attend the grand opening of the Financial Wellness Office. Before attending this event I was unsure of what kindof services this office would be providing students with. I am a junior in college now, so I have been going about this whole college/money thing for three years now and I have learned alot. Before I started college I understood that I needed to save money for the school year because I pay for a majority of things, such as gas and clothes, with my own money. I also thought I knew how to budget my money fairly well, but I learned otherwise my freshman year. I come from a small town where we do not have the opportunity to go a mall or go out to eat to fancy restaraunts, so when I came to college I did not realize how quickly these things would add up. Let’s just say that my money dwindled really quickly and I had to ask my parents for help. I think that this new Financial Wellness Office will be very beneficial to student, whether they think they know what they are doing with their money or not. I like that they can help you create a budget worksheet and help you calculate the true cost of your student loans. My brother is currently a freshman right now and he also struggled right away to balance is money. I tried my best to offer him advice and that did help him to realize that he needed a better plan. Hopefully the Financial Wellness Office can help new students who don’t have someone there to warn them. I also think that in the long run this program will be beneficial to parents because it will save students from having to fall back on their parents.
Written by: Katie Olson
Would you rather spend a few more minutes sleeping than wake up in time for breakfast? It might be time to change your habits. Eating breakfast can actually help you manage your weight. When you sleep your body goes into a fasting state, which is why we call it “breakFAST.” When your body goes into a fasting state your metabolism slows down and your body tries to conserve the stores of nutrients that it has previously stored. Eating a healthy breakfast will help jump start your metabolism and give your body and brain energy to get going for the day. Being in college, it is important for your brain to have energy for your full day of classes and studying. This will help you stay awake and focused throughout the day, which for some students is hard to do. It is also important to have a balanced breakfast. Having a source of carbohydrate, protein and possibly a fruit is ideal. Having a variety will help you stay full and satisfied until it is time for lunch. Some examples of a balanced breakfast are listed below.
- Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit and 1% Milk
- Low Fat Greek Yogurt with Whole Grain Granola and a Banana
- Scrambled eggs, Whole Grain Toast with Peanut Butter and a Fresh Fruit
- Whole Grain Waffles with Nut Butter and a cut up Banana on top, and 1% Milk
- A Whole Grain Bagel with low fat Cream Cheese or Peanut Butter and 1% Milk
- A Whole Grain Cereal with cut up Fresh Fruit and 1% Milk