There’s nothing that college students immensely value and yet routinely sacrifice as much as sleep. Most people immediately before nodding off for a night’s rest will routinely check their phones to set a morning alarm or to scroll through the latest social media feeds. Our mobile devices are now a necessity during every single moment of our lives, from waking up all the way to going to sleep. The National Sleep Foundation found that close to all adults under 30 years old - 96% total - use a technological device in the bedroom a hour before sleeping.1 So in what ways is using technology before sleep actually harmful and how can these effects be reduced?
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Sleep is really important – at least, that’s what we’ve been told our entire lives. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve been told to get at least seven hours of sleep - but, does that ever really happen? The answer is: probably not, especially in college. So how does sleep deprivation affect our academic and social lives here as students at Rice?
I couldn’t even count the number of Whataburger HBCBs I’ve consumed these past couple of months (thanks, midterms!). Even worse is the percentage of the times I’ve eaten them past 8 p.m. Weight loss articles forbid us to eat late at night, but scientific studies tell us that it is perfectly okay to do so. What gives?
If you’re anything like me, you’re busy, probably too busy to even bother reading this whole article. Likely, the last thing you would do is sit quietly and meditate for 5-30 minutes of the day. Better to get all your things done than waste time, right? Science disagrees. In fact, the scientific study of the biological, psychological, and social benefits of meditation has exploded. A quick search on Google Scholar for “meditation” in the year 2015 yields 16,200 peer-reviewed journal articles. So why does it pay to meditate? Let’s begin.