Why Nursing Students Need to Sleep Enough


Sleep and enough of it is the prime necessity. Enough exercise and good food are other necessities; but sleep, good sleep – and enough of it; is a necessity without which you cannot have the exercise of use, nor the food.” ~Edward Everett Hale

All of us completely validate this view, since it is everybody’s common experience that the worst thing ever is to attempt to go to sleep and not be able to do so!

The remunerations of sleep and the snags caused by a deficiency of it have an unswerving effect on our general health.

Nursing is a demanding profession, and we want to practice good sleeping habits – even as students.

It is commonly believed that the ordinary person needs seven to eight hours of peaceful sleep every night to uphold superior health.

When you become a nurse, you are taught to be attentive to the demands of your duty, notwithstanding anything. You care for patients who are somebody’s daughter, sister, mother, and you may also encounter grouchy bosses, or sometimes -less than pleasant co-workers.

In the past, things that most nurses had to be apprehensive about were the flu, measles, and chicken pox. Now there are innovative intimidation’s to health in the form of altered strains of flu, severe acute respiratory syndromes, swine flu and other ailments.

This means you need to have seven to eight hours of sleep every night to allow your body enough rest so that it can have resistance to these ailments.


If you do not sleep enough, you will experience negative ailments such as:

  • You tend to overlook vital things and will not remember what you just studied.
  • You will have a continuous desire to have instances of short sleep during the day.
  • You will feel worn-out most of the time.
  • Dark circles start developing below your eyes.
  • Your capacity to manage strain and stress is compromised.
  • You have amplified proportions of headaches and intestinal ailments.
  • Your remembrance and attentiveness are not up to your best.
  • The capability of your immune system to function appropriately is dropped so that you become easily afflicted with colds, flu, bad moods and depression.
  • You tend to become obese due to an imbalance of the hormones Leptin and Grehlin; the former is reduced while the latter becomes greater than before.


Health benefits of enough sleep

Some health benefits of enough sleep are as follows:

  • Sleep itself is the ultimate health benefit by which you feel calm and content.
  • Your mind becomes creative, and memory is at its best with enough sleep.
  • Subsequent to a lengthy night sleep, you get up feeling re-invigorated and re-strengthened; your general temperament is also better.
  • Your anxiety levels drop after a good night’s sleep.
  • Sleep and metabolism are organized by identical areas of the brain. Consequently when you are drowsy, particular hormones move up in your blood; these same hormones motivate you to be hungry and crave for food. Failing to understand the real message, many of you are likely to have late night snacks. The truth is your system is actually trying to inform you that you must go to sleep.

Start getting into the habit of having a good night’s sleep; it is the best gift you could give yourself.

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About The Author
Joyce Fiodembo is a nurse and author. You can find plenty of resources on her blog; www.internationalnursesupport.com, where she writes to inspire and uplift nurses to thrive. Joyce is the author of “The Foreign Nurses Guide to Settling in America” and “How Nurses Cope with Difficult Coworkers” found on Amazon.com Her other book "Reflections and Prayers for Nurses" can be found on Lulu.com She started her career in Kenya where she worked as a travel, ICU and operating room nurse. Joyce works with nurses who may be struggling with cultural challenges, equipping them to settle down easily. She is also a career counselor, helping nurses with interview skills and resume writing among others. Currently working in Ohio, she enjoys volunteering for mobile clinics abroad. Joyce is passionate about writing and currently has a website with a goal of inspiring nurses worldwide. You can visit her website at www.internationalnursesupport.com
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