Sleep and College are Incompatible
There once was a man named Adam. He was a happy fellow who enjoyed such pleasurable activities as eating food, sleeping in his bed, and reading far more books than most would consider entirely healthy. Then this Adam went to college.
At first everything seemed to be going well. Learning was just as easy as it had ever been, and there were all sorts of new experiences and new people to expand his comfort zone. Life was an adventure. Life is an adventure.
Unfortunately, not all adventures are pleasant ones, as this man was soon to find out. You see, college is full of new experiences–so full, in fact, that one often has to neglect old habits in order to make time for the new ones. Now, Adam couldn’t give up reading; that much was obvious. Most would also advise against the renunciation of food and eating purely for health reasons.
All that to say, I, Adam, am not getting as much sleep any longer as I technically ought. I’m averaging just over seven hours, and, while that’s on the high side compared to most other college students I know, it’s not really sufficient for me to be as alert in the morning as I’d like. This situation has led to the acquisition of some shiny new skills, but I’m not sure how much those skills are really worth. Chief among these skills is the ability to go from my bed to a classroom in under ten minutes, but they also include the ability to sleep in various positions and settings where I would be unable before.
Anyways, sometimes even when I do get to bed in a timely manner, I have trouble falling asleep. And when I have trouble falling asleep, I pull out a book and read. And once I start reading in bed, I find myself unable to stop for several hours. And once one is reading in bed for several hours, one looks up and suddenly realizes it’s two AM, and one has a class in six hours. This is not a good situation in which to be.
Moral of the story: don’t read books. Someday in college they will drive you to insomnia, and then someday that insomnia will cause failure on a test. Yes, literacy is undoubtedly a bad thing.
At least, I’m not laying in bed eating doughnuts, I guess.