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The Early Bird Might be Pulling the Short End of the Straw

posted Sep 10, 2009, 11:23 PM by Danny Eusebio

Have you ever wanted to prove to your friends that staying up late was actually good for you. Well now there is actual research that was done by two researchers from the University of Liege in Belgium. Apparently, the early bird, once thought to always get the worm, may not be as appealing anymore. The study done by the researchers looked at two groups of people, those that woke up early and those that woke up late. It was found that those who woke up late versus those that woke up early experience a late-day boost of energy. As a result, waking up later and going through a long day actually gave late risers more energy. Sadly the early risers got no boost of energy.

So now when your friends tell you that you should sleep earlier, you can tell them otherwise.

Follow the article [Scientific American]

My thoughts

I personally get up at 6am in the morning everyday to go to the gym. I find that doing so usually keeps me awake throughout the day when I actually have class. The research given might show that late risers will benefit. However, if you have classes early in the morning, you definitely will bite the dust. And in general I wake up in the morning because I feel there's more to do in the day. I'd rather not wake up at 12pm feeling that a fourth of my day just passed. 

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A Cure for your "College Insomnia"

posted Sep 7, 2009, 1:00 AM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 7, 2009, 1:01 AM ]

If you're a college student, then you probably know the feeling of not having a regular sleeping routine. Monday thru thursday you're up until 2am, then on Friday your out partying till 4am, and on the weekends your sleeping in until 2pm. But when all of that is said and done, you might realize that you've really done a number on your sleeping habits. You might even say that you have a difficult time trying to sleep at night when you want to sleep. Maybe you have an exam the next day or maybe a job interview. It's at those times sleeping earlier than 2am might be important. Try the following strategies and methods to help you fall sound asleep.

  1. Read the most boring textbook that you can while lying in bed. If this doesn't help you fall asleep and get bored, then you're probably suffering from some major insomnia.
  2. Try to make yourself exhausted. Do some physical exercises. (This can be counterintuitive).
  3. Avoid eating before you go to sleep. Or eat a turkey :P, you'll probably get food coma then.
  4. Don't play any video games before bed. It might stimulate the brain.
  5. Avoid any activities that might get your heart rate going. Maybe some physical activities might make you go to sleep.
  6. Try to clear your thoughts from matters you don't want to deal with. Sometimes I find myself lying awake when I have so many things running through my mind. Try counting from 100 to 1 and focus on counting until you stop thinking of other stuff.
  7. Avoid sleeping in warm temperatures. Make sure your room is cool and comfortable.  Studies show that there is actually an ideal room temperature for the human body to sleep. That temperature is usually lower than 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Last, you may want to have background noise while you sleep. Usually an electric fan running on low will do the trick.


If you ask me, sleeping is probably just as important as studying. Being well rested and staying awake in class is essential to help you learn the material. Some of the advice given will work. However, if you have a serious issue with insomnia, then it might be helpful to see a specialist about the problem. If you haven't figured it already,  reading a book/doing homework in bed is not the smartest thing to do, as you will usually fall asleep. Apparently your body is triggered to sleep when you are in a position like lying down (duh). So if you continuously force your body to stay awake while lying on your bed, you risk the chance of screwing up your sleeping clock or something. If you have any other great suggestions, let us know at University Ninja dot Com.

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