To Sleep or Not To Sleep? That is the Question

“Tall Caramel Macchiato please.”

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An order similar to this one is probably being spoken about 500 times a day in this last week. And with libraries open until almost 2:00 am many students are choosing caffeine as their weapon of choice.

 

Although this is an occasional choice students make, it could be hindering their focus. “Whenever my coffee wears off, I have a huge crash. I end up being more tired than I was before I drank the coffee,” says student Emily Schafer.

 

Stimulants, such as coffee can make you feel awake, but it doesn’t have the same beneficial and restoring effects as a night’s sleep.

 

So is better to drink coffee and stay up to study or go to bed and wake up early?

 

Benefits of Coffee:

According to AuthorityNutrition.com

 

  1. Coffee can improve energy levels and make you smarter. The stimulant of caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream and travels to your brain. It has been proven that coffee improves things such as memory, mood, reaction times, and general cognitive function.
  2. There are important nutrients in coffee such as Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin.
  3. Coffee can fight depression and make you happier. So when you are reaching for those tissues to dry your tears about your final grades, you could reach for a cup of coffee instead.

 

Benefits of Sleep:

According to Health.com

 

  1. Live longer. Too much or too little sleep can be associated with shorter lifespans. Sleep also improves the quality of life. When you sleep better, you feel better.
  2. Improve creativity. Sleep helps your memory, but it makes them stronger. Your brain restructures certain memories, which can lead to a spark in creativity.
  3. Improve your grades. Studies have been done with students who have problems with sleep, in which they are more likely to have problems with attention and learning. In another study, “college students who didn’t get enough sleep had worse grades than those who did”.

 

So I’ll let you be the judge of which is more worth it. You can walk to Starbucks and grab that coffee or you can go home, crawl into bed, and sleep.

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