Managing your time, developing effective study habits, and dealing with stress are important for success; however, in order to carry out these success techniques, you need sleep. Getting enough sleep is vital to your success as a college student. Proper sleep hygiene (the habits and practices for good sleep) makes you a more effective student: you study more effectively, earn better grades, and maintain your physical health. Students who get less sleep than their bodies need typically earn lower grades than students who get a sufficient amount of sleep (Cuseo, Fecas, & Thompson, 2007). Not getting enough sleep is similar to overdrawing one’s bank account. Overdrawing your body’s energy supply will result in poor health, changed moods, and lower performance. Conversely, developing a consistent sleep routine will improve both your physical and mental health.
There are many factors that go into good sleep hygiene (Gilbert & Weaver, 2010). An average person requires 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Keeping a regular sleep pattern by going to bed and waking up around the same time every day maintains the health of your body and mind (Pauk, 1984). Staying up late or all night for a cram session may cause health issues as well as produce unnecessary stress on the brain. Further, your brain needs sleep to remember what it has learned. Without adequate sleep, all the information you studied will not be adequately imprinted into your memory for recall.