At a certain point during the university term, excitement and best intentions begin to fade under mounting assignments and obligations. Eventually, fatigue becomes the default state, as students begin to sacrifice sleep in order to keep up.
And yet, practicing productive sleep hygiene, or the behaviors and conditions that support effective sleep, is essential for university students. All the learning done during the day can be undermined by not getting appropriate sleep at night. In fact, students’ brains are quite active during sleep doing the following:
- rehearsing and consolidating material learned that day,
- preparing the brain to learn on the following day, and
- clearing out toxic waste accumulated during waking hours.