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What lack of sleep does to you

Inadequate rest has both short and long-term consequences.

In the short term, not getting enough rest can influence judgment, state of mind, capacity to learn and hold knowledge, and may impact the risk of serious accidents and injury. In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a large amount of health issues including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Weight Gain 

Lack of sleep slows your metabolism and expands your appetite. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to obesity if not treated rapidly enough.


When you’re tired, your emotions change, which can be normal. But if you’re chronically tired, you may have a more serious condition. If you feel like you may have insomnia or depression, see a psychiatrist who’s also a sleep specialist — so you can get the assistance you need.

Less than six hours of sleep per night impacts the genes that regulate anxiety and stress, according to a study from the University of Surrey in Guildford, England in February 2013. Try your best to de-stress before bed so you can fall asleep faster.

Change in your appearance

Absence of rest can make your skin dehydrated or dried out — and could bring about swollen, or dark circles under the eyes. Ensure that you drink lots of water, and possibly try a cup of chamomile tea an hour before you go to sleep. The tea is herbal and doesn’t contain caffeine, so it hydrates you and relaxes you. Apply facial lotion and eye cream, which will also prevent your skin from drying out.

“Not getting enough rest can influence judgment, state of mind, capacity to learn and hold knowledge.” Photo by: Danielle Johnson. Photo of: Kristinia Contreras

Affected abilities

Sleep deprivation influences your capacity to learn and remember new knowledge. Try going to bed at the same time every night, and waking up at the same time every morning — yes, even on weekends. You can still have your cup of coffee in the morning, too.

Higher risk of sickness

If you’re sleep deprived, you’re more likely to get sick. Your immunity lowers while your susceptibility to illness increases and your body produces fewer antibodies in response to lack of sleep.

The majority of us need around eight hours of quality sleep a night to function properly — some may require more and some may require less. Strive for eight hours of un-interrupted sleep, if you wake up tired and want to go back to sleep, you may still not be getting enough sleep.

If you have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep, consult your local physician or psychiatrist.

Highlanders Anonymous: Spring cleaning, professionalism, and winter weight gain

“Someone told me that my outfit was inappropriate. Are there any rules against what you wear at RU?”

There actually isn’t a dress code at Radford. Although you might be used to having one and being cautious during high school, those days are thankfully over. It’s up to you whether or not you want to wear pajamas to class or wear a tinfoil hat at this point. The only thing you may want to worry about is personal. How do you want to be perceived in school? As you age at RU, you’ll probably want others to see you as a professional and respected individual. One way to communicate that is through the way you dress. Just keep that in mind.

“My house is an utter disaster and I need to do some spring cleaning. How should I get started?”

Make a shopping list to start. Write down all of the cleaners and tools you are going to need to buy at the store to get everything clean. My recommendations are cleaners that are environmentally friendly, smell good, are diverse enough to clean many surfaces and kill germs. If you go to the store and wing it, read every label carefully.

Dusting kitchen lampOnce you have everything, tidy up and put things away, while making things more organized if you can. I suggest that you consider things that will help you have more organized storage, like plastic bins with lids that can easily be stored in closets or under beds. Furniture is also very helpful to declutter your home. A shoe rack can turn a hazardous and messy looking foyer into a welcoming area.

“I feel like I’ve gained so much weight over the winter. How can I get back into shape?”

I’m no expert, but I have some tips that seem to work for me. First, you need to keep some sort of exercise journal that not only keeps track of when you exercise and what you do, but how you feel while doing it. Being able to see your progress can show you how far you’ve come and keep you motivated.

Another thing you can do is scheduling times you exercise so you make the time for it no matter what. You also have to remember that you’ll need to start back up slowly so that you don’t injure yourself. In addition, you shouldn’t just exercise; you should be eating well too. Even if you still want to eat the same junk food as usual, it’s good to at least try to make your diet more balanced. Add some strawberries to that cereal! My mother always told me that once you are able to do something for a month, it becomes a habit–whether it’s good or bad.

How to deal with a spring breakup

Most of us break up with someone at some point in our lives, and it’s not always a pleasant experience. Here are some tips for dealing with post-breakup stress.

1.) Cry it out. Or scream it out – whichever works for you.

The last thing you want to do is spend your time dwelling on the fact that you broke up with someone, but keeping your emotions tucked inside is actually a little bit dangerous. The safest and most socially-accepted way to do this is to find a place that’s isolated from other people and let out your emotions. If you’re better at getting angry than you are at getting sad, go ahead and do that too. Throw things. Punch things. Scream at the wall. Sit in your closet and blubber about pirates if you feel like it. No one is going to judge you but your stuffed animals. Continue reading How to deal with a spring breakup