“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?” ― Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway gets it, sleep is not only one of the most basic human needs, it is also one of the most taken for granted. During test week, some college students are more likely to see Bigfoot than their bed.
If you are anything like me, you get about 2 to 3 hours less of sleep than the infamous 8 hours that every doctor in the universe tells you is required. On test weeks, the hours of sleep I get dips slowly down… Who am I kidding, it drops off of the face of the earth. Freshman year, I had a chemistry exam over the elements quickly approaching and, being the good Ag that I am, I decided that NBA 2k13 on Xbox was the secret key to mastering chemistry. Spoiler Alert, it is not.
So when the time I had to study slowly dwindled down to one last night, I did what every kid does: pulled an ALLLLLLLLLL nighter.
Honestly I felt pretty good, the test was at 8:00 A.M. and at about 5:00 am I could name just about every element on the chart. I was going to ace that test and I knew it. I took a “power nap” and woke up sharply at 8:05… I panicked and sprinted to class, rushed through the exam and managed to struggle my way to earn a 32 on the test. The secret key to college is not NBA 2k13, it is sleep! If you rest up the night before a test, on average, you will remember 76% of what you studied, and pulling an all-nighter will result in you remembering only an abysmal 32% of studies.
So get some sleep Ags!