This week we are learning about sleep, as in how it affects our brains and ultimately how we function and get through the day. We were given a TED Talks video to watch, in which Russell Foster gave three possible theories of what is affected by sleep. Out of the three, I definitely agree with the third one he presented the most, which included information processing, memory building, and learning. Many statistics have shown that those who are sleep deprived also tend to be under a considerable amount of stress. A lack of sleep adds to these daily struggles by making it hard to concentrate and remember things throughout the day. This could easily make someone resort to the consumption of caffeinated drinks, alcohol, and harmful drugs. Another negative effect for loss of sleep is weight gain. Lack of sleep has also been linked with either the cause of or adding to the severity of mental illnesses. Russell Foster explained how a lack of sleep does not only affect your daily functions, but it affects your long-term well-being.
Personally, my sleep habits tend to change throughout the year. Sometimes I can get on a pretty good sleep schedule and manage to get enough sleep throughout the week. Of course, there are many weeks where I stay up too late working on homework and I end up getting about 5-7 hours of sleep each night. Overall, I could definitely work on having a healthier sleep schedule and trying to stick with it throughout the whole year. If I were to set a realistic goal for the amount of sleep (in hours) that college kids should be getting every night, I would say 8 hours is a healthy goal. In my opinion, it’s enough sleep for students to wake up feeling refreshed, yet still giving them enough time for homework or other activities to do throughout the day.
argue for the theory you find most convincing (3rd one about brain structures), discussion of your current sleep habits how healthy you think they are. what is a realistic goal for amount of sleep per night for a college kid?