Sleep During Finals
WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF FALL FINALS AND STUDENTS ARE TRYING TO STAY AWAKE. BUT ARE THEIR TECHNIQUES SAFE? OR SHOULD THEY JUST GET SOME SLEEP? SMU-TV’s PARMINDER DEO HAS THE DETAILS ON HOW FINALS ARE EFFECTING THE SLEEP PATTERNS OF STUDENTS.
SLEEP & FINALS PACKAGE (TRT 1:51)
DR. LARRY RUBEN
“It’s a nightmare and my heart goes out to you.”
FINALS ARE HERE AND STUDENTS ARE GEARING UP TO FINISH OUT THE SEMESTER. BUT ARE THE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND ENERGY DRINKS GOOD FOR EVERYONE?
CG (0:11-0:15) DR. LARRY RUBEN: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES PROFESSOR
“They can look perky in class but you can see that they are mentally exhausted. They are ready for the break to take place.”
DURING FINALS SOME STUDENTS WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ENERGY DRINKS TO AVOID THE PRECIOUS SLEEP THE SO DESPERATELY NEED.
CG (0:27-0:31) MARGARITA PETERSON: SENIOR
“I just bought myself a 12 pack of monster because I have three finals on the same day. I feel lucky if I get six hours, if I get six hours I feel like I’m going to be so well rested. It’s usually four to five hours and it’s hard to study because the library is so packed.”
BUT SOME SMU STUDENTS PLAN TO SLEEP WELL.
CG (0:41-0:45) FAITH MICHAEL: JUNIOR
“I’ve come up with a schedule for studying so it’s not too bad. I’m actually getting enough sleep than I need to. I see a lot of my friends pulling all-nighters and writing papers at midnight and 3 o’clock in the morning and I just can’t do that.”
SLEEP DEPRIVATION EFFECTS CAN BE SEVERE. THE FIRST BEING FATIGUE, WHICH CAN LEAD TO CAR ACCIDENTS AND ALMOST 1,500 CRASH RELATED DEATHS PER YEAR. THE SECOND BEING THE IMPAIRMENT OF COGNITIVE PROCESSES SUCH AS ATTENTION AND CONCENTRATION. AND LASTLY, THE LACK OF SLEEP CAN LEAD TO MAJOR HEALTH PROBLEMS SUCH AS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND DIABETES.
“You want to be clear-headed and the last thing you want to be is sleepless if you can avoid it at all costs because you can’t operate a car when you’re tired and how in the heck are you going to solve a complicated question or write a cogent essay if your brains not necessarily functioning. So you really need a good night’s sleep or several nights sleep and all you are really trying to do during finals night is tweak your memory.”
SO ARE THE RISKS WORTH IT IN THE LONG RUN? FOR SMU-TV I’M PARMINDER DEO.
I KNOW WHAT A LOT OF THOSE STUDENTS ARE GOING THROUGH. IT’S SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS EVERY SEMESTER… NO SLEEP COMBINED WITH ENERGY DRINKS AND LONG NIGHTS IN THE LIBRARY BUT AFTER SEEING THE EFFECTS IT CAN HAVE ON THE BODY AND BRAIN IT’S BETTER TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO GET MORE SLEEP ESPECIALLY IF STUDENTS WANT TO DO WELL ON THEIR FINALS.