Lifestyles

Sleep is for the “Week”

     If you are the average college student, you probably love sleep as much as the next person. Unfortunately, if you are the average college student, sleep can be hard to come by. We tend to keep ourselves busy with school, work and the everyday stressors college students encounter.

     I myself am a night owl, meaning that I prefer to stay up late rather than getting up early. This lifestyle has become a norm for many college students, but is it the healthiest, most efficient way of living?

     We are so busy in our everyday lives that we tend to forget that sleep is as essential as food and water. Most of the time, we either get too little or too much sleep. Either factor can be detrimental to our health. Studies have shown that the recommended amount of sleep for adults is about seven to nine hours of sleep a night. As your fellow college student, I can attest that this is difficult to come by.

     Without sleep, our brain and bodies cannot function as effectively compared to a good night’s rest. Lack of sleep can result in an increased risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and even a heart attack. It can affect the way we think and perceive things and can even result in hallucinations. As college students, we need to have a clear head and be able to concentrate and focus.

     Finding a sleep schedule that works for you can be complicated. To make sure that you are on the right track with a healthy sleep schedule, you can set a designated time to go to bed and wake up. If you follow this routine, your body will adapt to this set schedule and will be beneficial to your health in the long run.

     If you drink caffeine, be sure to avoid drinking it around bedtime. Caffeine is a stimulant and can hinder your sleep schedule. If you find yourself struggling to sleep, get up and move around. It is better to keep yourself busy than to try to lay in bed and fight the urge to stay awake.

     We need to remember that sleep is an essential part of life and overall health. Find a sleep schedule that works for you and stick with it.

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Dear Filly: ‘Me and this girl are going on a trip…’

Dear Filly,

    Me and this girl are going on a trip together for school. We’ve been getting together off and on for a bit now, but nothing too serious. I think during this trip something will happen but I don’t know if the feelings are reciprocated. What should I do? Is this even the best time to do it? Please help.

Sincerely,

Anonymous

 

 

Dear Anonymous,

     Dealing with your love life in college can be a mess, and this is no exception. Even when things seem casual, feelings can develop, and make everything more confusing.

     You asked if this was the best time to try and take things a step further, and the answer is probably not. If you don’t know if the feelings are mutual, there is a chance that the rest of the trip will be awkward for you if you get shot down.

     Take time to have a conversation with her before or wait until after the trip, but don’t do it on the trip. And remember that it’s okay if she doesn’t feel the same way and isn’t ready for that next step.

Sincerely,

Filly

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Dear Filly: ‘I’m struggling to figure food out…’

Dear Filly,

I’m struggling to figure out what to do for food. I have a meal plan, but D-Hall food isn’t the best. I mean, everyone knows it by this point. Now, I have enough money to buy my own food, but it isn’t cost-effective to eat out all the time. I’m not really sure what to buy or where to buy it. Any suggestions?

Sincerely,

Starving Student

 

Dear

Starving Student,

What you’re experiencing is a common issue among college students. Several studies have shown that food insecurity is a major problem among students, and getting proper nutrition is a problem even for students who have access to meal plans.

For starters, cut back on eating out as much as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Taco Bell or a frappuccino every now and then, but it’s important to focus on saving money.

The biggest cost saver? Learn to cook. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but knowing how to make food for yourself will save you a lot of money. No, Ramen doesn’t count.

A favorite of mine is to cook a box of Pasta-Roni (about a dollar at Wal-Mart) and cook some chicken (fairly inexpensive) or shrimp (a little pricey but better if frozen) and some vegetables, like broccoli, bell peppers or onions to go in it.

The internet is full of websites that cater to people cooking on a budget, and you can find lots of recipes there. There’s nothing wrong with some ramen or potato chips sometimes, but eating well will help you save money and take care of your body.

Sincerely,

Filly

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Dear Filly: ‘My roommate won’t flush the toilet…’

Dear Filly,

     My roommate is bad about not flushing the toilet. It’s really disgusting, especially when we have guests. I’ve talked to them about it, but they haven’t changed, and I don’t think it’s worth talking to the CA’s about. Is there anything I can do? Help!

Sincerely,

TroubledTammy

 

 

Dear TroubledTammy,

     It sounds like your roommate has a case of forgetfulness, bad habit or both, and a gross case too. If you haven’t approached them about the issue more than once, try once more to get through to them. Let them know that it’s nasty, for you to deal with and for any potential guests. Try taking a different approach from the first time you confronted them. If you were more relaxed when talking to them before, make it clear that it’s not okay for you this time around.

     If you aren’t willing to go to the CA’s about the problem, you might have to accept that you’ll be dealing with this crappy problem for the rest of the semester, and just remember to flush the toilet whenever this happens. It’s gross, but some people aren’t willing to let go of bad habits so easily.

Sincerely,

Filly

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Dear Filly: ‘How to deal with work drama?’

Dear Filly,

    How do I deal with a work environment that’s becoming toxic? I love my job and my coworkers, but lately, everyone has been two-faced.

    People are nice to each other’s faces, then trash each other behind their backs. Some people get away with saying hurtful things because no one cares enough to speak up. You can’t trust anyone because if you tell one person something, they immediately tell everyone else.

    I’m sick of feeling like I’m dealing with a bunch of high schoolers but I don’t know the best way to deal with the issue. Help!

-Frustrated

Dear Frustrated,

    It sounds like you need to talk to whoever is in charge. Are they aware of the issues? Because if not, letting them know what is going on could lead to some changes being made.

    If your boss is aware and isn’t stepping in to stop what’s going on, then it may be time to start searching for a new job.

    Toxic work environments are bad for your mental and emotional health and lead to more stress that will ultimately keep you from focusing on studies.

    If your coworkers are saying hurtful things, sometimes one person standing up to them can make a difference. Don’t be afraid to step up and speak up if someone is doing something wrong.

Sincerely,

Filly