Uni Students: Places to Nap

Here at No Snooze, You Lose, we don’t believe a student should be forced to not rest at uni (unlike some other blogs). If by chance Plan A of getting a good night’s rest falls through, here is a list of Plan B’s to get you through the uni day.

–          Take a nap on the grass.

Being cooped up like battery chickens in a dark room playing WoW is not healthy for you. Step out of your room…go on, you can do it. Walk out into the sunlight and take a deep breath.

Now, what you are breathing in right now is called ‘fresh air’. That’s right, repeat it with me kids, F-R-E-S-H  A-I-R! Sit on the lawn at uni and take in that vitamin D. If you are prone to getting sunburn like I am, slap on some sun block and find a nice shady tree. If you’re afraid of bugs, bring a plastic bag or a jumper to cushion your back. Now close your eyes and catch up on those much needed Z’s.

Check out below to find the best lawn spots to nap!

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–          Have a break in between class?

Head on over to the 3rd level of the Main Library and find yourself a bean bag. They are like massive marshmallows that you can just sink into. Be mindful of those wishing to study around you and try to nab a bean bag instead of a table to nap.

–          Long train ride?

Why not take a little snooze on public transport? Pop on those headphones to cut out some of the chatter around you or if you you catch the train, the first, last and two middle carriages are now ‘Quiet Carriages’ so you are sure to get some shut eye there. Don’t miss your stop though!

Handy hint: Check your TripView app for when the bus/train arrives at your destination and set an alarm 5 minutes before (just in case) so you can wake up in time! Make sure your phone isn’t set on silent or sleep mode either. You can set it on vibrate if you are going to have your phone in your pocket and are on a silent carriage. Now, Snooze away!

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Welcome!

We at ‘No Snooze, You Lose’ welcome you to our fledging campaign that focuses on building awareness of poor sleeping and the problems associated with it. But that’s not it! We also provide tips and tricks from regaining sleeping habits … Continue reading

No Snooze = Binge Eating?

People with little and no sleep regularly tend to be linked to binge eating. We will be breaking down dense material that will be much easier to understand. Because, let’s face it, we are not all working in the feel of medicine and health.

This report was based on the Swedish Twin Study of Twin Adults: Genes and Environment (STAGE) and published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Summary of report: Disturbed sleep or having difficulty sleeping seemed to be associated with horrible disruptions in your hormones and metabolic systems.

Translation: This pretty much means that for people that tend to sleep less or on uneven rhythms will have health side effects as they don’t have enough energy and their body does function well to repair and maintain itself.

 

Summary of report: The study found numerous environmental stressors and biological mechanisms that impacted on our behaviour. This included subjects that resorted to eating to overcome possible distresses and deficiencies.

Translation: Many links were found between those who slept less or had disrupted sleeping patterns and their eating habits. As lack of sleep meant one would feel more lethargic, sluggish and irritated, people tended to fill this void and by eating. Futher, because your body naturally feels like it is lacking in energy from your limited sleep, you feel like you need to repair your energy levels and make up for it by eating more.

Breaking those Sleeping Myths:

Have your parents ever nagged you about something ridiculous that just made you go, WTF? Here is a list that will set the record straight once and for all. Let’s see if you got them right! Feel free to take a guess before the answers are revealed.

1)      “Just go catch up on that sleep on the weekends, you’ll be fine!” Says your best friend Johnny.

TRUE/FALSE?

 

 

False!

While sleeping more on the weekends will make you feel good for the short term, sleeping long hours on the weekend and little during weekdays upsets your circadian rhythms. Jargon aside, this pretty much means it disrupts your sleeping cycle and it encourages you to sleep late that same night and begin the whole cycle again.

 

2)      “I naturally function on 4 hours of sleep. My body is just used to it now.” Says, once again, your best friend Johnny.

TRUE/FALSE

 

 

False!

I don’t know who this Johnny* character is, but I think he should definitely check out our blog and get his facts checked out. Come to think about it, all your friends should probably check out our blog too! 😉

Anyway, researchers say that famous short sleepers such as Madonna and Kevin Rudd are so used to, what only can be described as short naps, that they are not aware that they could be functioning much better if they had a decent night’s rest. Having less than 6 hours of sleep per night will in some way inhibit a healthier you.

 

3)      You: *Yawn*

Johnny: You should go to bed, you’re tired.

TRUE/FALSE

 

 

False!

Hold on there, Johnny! Yawning does not in fact mean you are tired! There is actually no definite scientific explanation for why we yawn! Some people have said that it helps with limited oxygen in the lungs, but recently this has been proved as false because babies in the feotus are seen to yawn in the presence of no oxygen in the womb. Further, it is said that yawning can create a contagious response in 60% of people around you! But there is still little or no explanation that is sleep related.

 

4)      You: *zZzzzz*

Johnny: Wake up! You lazy bum! You shouldn’t nap in class!

TRUE/FALSE

 

 

True…and false!

True, you shouldn’t nap in class but false that nappers are considered lazy in society. Taking a nap just before working is said to improve performance and could even save lives! A study in 1989 by NASA showed that pilots who didn’t take 25 minute naps during their long shifts, tended to nod off and lose concentration 5 times as much as those who did. So next time you are at uni, get a bit of shut eye on the lawn in between classes. But remember, nothing beats a good night’s sleep!

 

*likeness to any real character was not intentional and if your name is Johnny, you should not feel offended.

You’re invited to Munchies at Midnight!

You’re invited to Munchies at Midnight!

Dear sir/madam,

You are cordially invited to an extravagant dining experience downstairs in your kitchen.

Time: Midnight

Attire: Pajamas

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What is on the menu?

Entrée:

-A banana

Main:

-A turkey sandwich

Dessert:

-Wholegrain cereal (low sugar)

-Granola with low fat yoghurt/milk

Drinks:

-Warm milk

-Warm chamomile tea

If you are ever craving the midnight munchies, foods containing tryptophan convert to these complex hormones called serotonin and melatonin. Anyway, to put this in plain English, what you really need to know is that these help you sleep.

Happy snoozing!

Tips that will get that head of yours on that pillow:

1)      Get into a routine! Sure, sometimes you get bogged down by work and there’s always that sneaky You Tube video that is begging to get your attention, but making an effort to stick to a set time each night will also get your life clock feeling naturally drowsy at a certain time.

2)      Limit caffeine after 4pm. Coffee is great, don’t get me wrong, but when it gets to the point of just drinking because you are addicted to it, then you know you’ve got a problem. If you know you have that dreaded assignment that you have to stay up for later tonight, it’s better to take a nap in the afternoon than load up on energy drinks, soft drinks and coffee.

3)      Just close your eyes. Sounds simple, right? Well, sometimes simplicity is the best. There’s a little trick that always works. Avoid distractions and just lie still. Let your toes go numb so you don’t feel them. Work your way up to your knees and so on. Chances are, you will wake up in the morning without realising where you got up to.

4)      Listen to soothing music. Having some background noise that triggers some memory or far off relaxation will help calm your body to a state of sleep.

5)      Don’t do strenuous exercise before bed. We’re not saying you have to find yoga cool but don’t run up and down the stairs before you go to bed because it will just keep your heart rate up.

6)      Avoid heavy meals 4 hours before bedtime. Having a full stomach will sometimes aid in feelings of discomfort when trying to get to sleep.

7)      Drink something warm! Something like warm milk and drinks with no sugar or caffeine will help calm your body.

8)      Take a warm shower! Having the warm water massage against your skin will help relax you just before going to bed. Try to avoid washing your hair though, unless you really have to.

Launch of No Snooze, You Lose!

 

Welcome snoozers, one and all to our new blog page!

This is a blog written by students for students!

We all know the nocturnal behaviours of our night time peers and the bizarre sloth-like characteristics of the morning routine.

Here, we will update you on the weird, ugly and wonderful of a uni student’s life and how sleep most always is left out of this equation.

We aim to filter through all the jargon of psychologists, medical and social experts so that us students can understand all the mumbo jumbo of the medical jargon.

We hope to raise awareness of sleep and how a bit of shut eye is more rewarding and sometimes more interesting than that extra hour of WoW or ‘last’ You Tube video you promise to watch.

So watch this space for a bit of fun and sometimes satirical banter.