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Finally

My posts complaining about school and my non-existent life will no longer dominate my blog.

I have finally completed the MBA program from the University of Nevada!!

This last semester was incredibly difficult as I had to juggle a FT job and 4 classes/week.  At the beginning of the semester my friends laughed at my schedule.  Halfway into the semester my friends asked, “How are you holding up?”

Surprisingly well!

And now the semester is over and it could not feel better!

 

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Grad Student Dilemma Triangle

I have an exam on Wednesday, so naturally I have decided to do ANYTHING except study.  This includes posting a new blog 🙂

I was fortunate enough to skype with my boyfriend the other night.  In the midst of complaining about studying and not having a life, the boyfriend decided to draw me a little diagram (and narrate it in a Russian accent).

Based on his diagram, you can choose 2 (AND ONLY 2) of the following:

  1. Social Life
  2. Sleep
  3. Good Grades

You can have a social life and sleep, but then your grades will suffer.

You can have a social life and good grades, but you’ll need to sacrifice sleep (heck no).

Or you can have sleep and good grades, which results in ZERO social life.

I apparently have chosen the ZERO social life route.

Thursday Thought Day – Sleep for the Weak?

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I decided to post today’s “Thursday Thought Day” about SLEEP considering it’s typically always #1 on my mind.  I HATE when my friends tell me “Sleep is for the weak!” and “You can sleep when you’re older.”  Fail.  If I don’t sleep I’ll be a giant crank-pot.  And no one wants a feisty stubborn CRANKY little redhead.

All day I am constantly tired.  I think about sleeping.  I’m consistently yawning.  And when my head finally hits the pillow as early as 8:30pm (and never later than 10:30pm) I’m wide awake! (see image below)

My mind is racing – Who did I forget to email today?  Did I miss any deadlines?  Do I have any deadlines tomorrow?  What meetings do I have?  What do I need to prepare?  Etc. etc.

Because of this – I started researching about sleep in general.  With the help of a few resources, this is what I was able to uncover:

Cardinal Sleep Rules

Typically I wake up feeling exhausted.  Did I even sleep?  I feel like I just went to be a few minutes ago!  I found out I was breaking cardinal “sleep” rules.

  1. Don’t exercise 2 hours before bed time (oops)
  2. Don’t eat a large meal 2 hours before bed (guilty)
  3. Unwind before bed – do something calm for half an hour prior to going to sleep (oops again)
  4. No bright lights – stay away from computer and TV screens (doesn’t anyone know I live with my computer?)

The facts!

  • Falling asleep in less than 5 minutes may mean you’re sleep deprived.  10-15 minutes is a more natural timeframe
  • Snoring only occurs in non-REM sleep
  • The extra hour of sleep due to daylight saving time in Canada has directly correlated with a decrease in the number of car accidents
  • Most healthy adults need between 7.5-9 hours of sleep per night.
  • Non-REM sleep consists of 4 stages, each deeper than the last
  • REM is when you do the most active dreaming
  • Deep sleep (staged 3 and 4) of non-REM sleep is most important
  • To wake up feeling refreshed, set a wake up time that’s a multiple of 90 minutes (for example, if you go to sleep at 10pm, set your alarm for 5:30) to avoid waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle (which is typically 90 minutes – get it?).
  • REM sleep renews the mind and plays a key role in learning and memory

Sleep Disorders

Insomnia – Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder and occurs when someone has trouble either falling asleep or wakes up too early and cannot fall back asleep.  This can be treated with sleeping pills, however it is recommended to practice healthy sleeping habits (see above).

Sleep Apnea – Sleep Apnea occurs when people stop breathing during sleep.

Narcolepsy – Narcolepsy causes intense sleepiness during the daytime.  People with narcolepsy can fall asleep during a conversation, at work, or even while driving.  (Scary!)

Sleep Walking/Night Terrors – More common in young children, sleep walking is characterized by physically getting out of bed while sleeping.  Night Terrors can cause shaking and fear while remaining in a sleep stage.

Resources:

How Well are you Sleeping?

Sleep Disorders

40 Facts About Sleep You Probably Didn’t Know

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

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Thursday Thoughts from a Young Professional

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It is almost the end of the work week and I finally feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  This past week I have learned:

  • I am extremely thankful for professors that let the class out early.
  • You can do more than you think during a small 1-hour lunch break.  I successfully drove to school, searched desperately for parking, turned in an add-slip for a summer class, drove to Walmart to buy lunch, called my mom, and ate lunch with 10 minutes to spare!
  • I still love the blue-bagged Doritos.
  • The “=+” in an excel formula means NOTHING but people still continue to use it.
  • I have a lot more “inappropriate” Facebook photos than I thought.  The purging has been a long drawn out process.
  • I think I’m incredibly busy with school and work full time, but I can’t even imagine tacking on children to the mix.  There are people I have class with that work, go to school, AND have kids at home.  I learned that I am thankful to not have kids.
  • The beautiful weather outside really does make you happier in a I-don’t-mind-working-until-6-because-it’s-still-light-at-8pm kind of way.
  • Crossfit really will be the death of me one day.

Happy Thursday, everyone!  I am SO THANKFUL tomorrow is Friday.  It sure has been a long week, hasn’t it?