Walking around campus right now I am a firm believer that the Zombie Apocalypse is in fact real. People are shuffling around campus with giant circles under their eyes. Everyone is looking desperate to find answers, muttering to themselves or occasionally forming small alliances in clusters. Students and Professors alike are clutching comfort foods like M&Ms, Cokes, and Cheetos. People exit buildings with clammy pale expressions wondering if survival is possible. Horrified looks are in every hallway and there are bodies slumped all over places like the library. Everyone is wearing disheveled clothing needing to be washed. People have clearly been forcibly thrown out of their apartments and are on the run in their pajamas to escape the Zombies.
Oh wait it’s just finals week.
This behavior is completely and totally normal.
Well, it is finals week or at least close to finals week for students at universities all over. We all really do look like we are Zombies during finals week as we crazily try to conquer our finals in a sleep deprived state. At the time when we students need the most sleep/health/sanity we always seem to chop sleep out of the picture. Why do we do this every single semester and how should we stop this apocalyptic practice?
Here are some useful suggestions for improving your health during finals week that I found in an article from U.S.News !
1. Plan time for sleep! Schedule it into your planner just like you would schedule a review session. Schedule yourself a solid chunk of time for your night’s rest but also throw in some scheduled power naps if need be.
2. Take care of things like Laundry: Wash bedding and all the clothing you will want to wear during finals week the week before, this will leave you feeling more fresh for tackling those finals.
3. Exercise and eat even better during finals week then you may normally eat. Yes the comfort snack foods are good in moderation, but its better to load up on your fruits and veggies (make your mom proud when you fill up that shopping cart the week before finals). Exercising during the day will help you be able to rest when you get to lay down for your sleep at the end of the day.
4. Use your Campus Resources! The times when you don’t want to be slumped over like a zombie on top of your textbooks go to the Library, sit in well lighted slightly chilly environment, or study with groups. Do not sit in bed to study, we all know where this leads…..to unplanned sleep!
Remember: Sleep tight, and don’t let the Zombies bite!