Sleep is everywhere. It’s in your room after a late night of studying, it’s inevitably on the comfy chair in the library mid-type of an exhausting paper, it’s the kid snoring in front of you in lecture. I’ve observed this tendency of students to arrive to class and make the trek to the library even when they desperately need sleep to continue functioning. These people eventually give in to the enticing nap facedown on their laptop keyboards. But why don’t we choose to take that short nap to power us through the work we need to complete, rather than forcing ourselves to stay awake at all costs?
People always wonder why some students show up to class every other day only to fall asleep for the entirety of the remaining lecture. I think this is because none of us intend to take a nap in our seats; we genuinely go into class hoping to remain awake to soak in the new material. The majority of students at Penn State are extremely hardworking and driven, which could in part be our sleepy downfall. Those students who appear to be lazy and dozing off instead of taking notes may have merely been the ones staying up all hours of the night to perfect a presentation for a class they are more passionate about or pertaining to their major.
It’s hard not to judge those who seem to choose to fall asleep rather than pay attention (we are often even hard on ourselves when we catch our heads bobbing). Yet we’re all going through a hectic time, where balancing activities and time management skills have come to the forefront of our lives like never before, and it takes adequate time to get properly adjusted. Next time, we just need to be sure to plan our weeks in advance and realize that when sleep is put on the backburner, at least make naps a priority.