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Class, homework, work and repeat. This is a typical day in the life of most college students, and this does not include the student athletes or the clubs and organizations in which a student may participate. College students have full days and nights of school and work. When is there time to get enough rest?
The average amount of sleep required for adults is seven to nine hours. Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night is just one essential element to maintaining a properly functioning body. Many college students have had at least one incident of sleep deprivation.
Hunter Snow, a nursing student in his second year at Rose State, is also a shift manager at a restaurant and normally works 40-50 hours a week. Snow said he sleeps about four to five hours daily. He noticed being a full time manager and student has affected his sleep schedule.
“I have pulled many ‘all-nighters’ to stay up and study for my exam or finish homework because I was at work,” he said. Psychology Professor Richard Wedemeyer explained how lack of sleep can negatively affect the body and daily life
“Sleep deprivation may be the most pervasive health problem contributor that we face,’’ Wedemeyer said. “Not getting enough quality sleep easily causes us to be moody, short-tempered and causes us to make more mistakes, including omitting steps, making careless errors, and it impairs our learning and decision-making. Lack of sleep also causes us to gain weight and then suffer additional consequences.”
Snow also mentioned how his lack of sleep could be affecting his body negatively.
“I’m always trying to drink energy drinks and coffee,” he said.
The amount of sugar and calories most energy drinks and coffee contain can cause weight gain and can be unhealthy.
Wedemeyer can relate to being a sleep deprived college student.
“I was particularly stressed during a period in the ‘80s when I was working two jobs and going to school four nights a week,” he said, “My sleep suffered then much as it does for many students now who are working and going to school while also attempting a social life.”
Many college students today work at least one job while going to school full time, and trying to keep a social life is just as hard as trying to get enough sleep.
“It seems that our culture has presented us with the notion that doing a lot is somehow valuable, a reward in itself,” Wedemeyer said. “It is easy to reach a point wherein quality sleep is sacrificed.”
While it may feel good to get a lot accomplished daily, it is also essential to one’s health to get enough rest.
“I think it is important to recognize that nightly sleep – long enough and of the right structure – is as important as any health initiative in self-care,” Wedemeyer said. He also outlined ways to try to get good rest at night. “There are many sleep hygiene recommendations that can assist this, such as making a routine of the rituals surrounding bedtime, not drinking alcohol or caffeine within four hours of bedtime, leaving your phones and TVs off, and so on.”
There are many other tips to try to achieve proper rest at night. Going to bed and waking up around the same time every day will help set the internal clock and help with having better sleep at night. Keeping a regular wake to sleep cycle will keep a good routine for your brain and body to know when it is time to get rest.
Taking a nap anytime after 3 p.m. would cause someone to stay up later throughout the night and create an irregular sleep schedule. It is also best to avoid doing homework or studying in bed. Keeping the bed as a place just to sleep will make it easier to get rest.
Listening to soft music or nature sounds can help with falling asleep, these sounds can help calm the brain, which makes it easier to fall asleep. Making a to-do list before going to bed will help get rid of worrying thoughts on the brain so rest at night can be easier to come by.
Allowing an adequate amount of rest each night will improve physical and mental health. Sleep is one of the best forms of self-care.
“We are mammals after all, and so it is our destiny to spend a third of our lives sleeping,” Wedemeyer said.
Story by Hollye Carrol
As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle kicks off, this column will serve to deconstruct and demystify the American political system. In conjunction with “One Nation Under Pod,” available on the RoseRadio SoundCloud page, we will cover the current presidential candidates, debates and issues that are important to our demographic: student debt loan forgiveness, healthcare, the environment and job creation.
The second round of the presidential candidate debates was held in Detroit July 31 and Aug 1. Due to the high number of candidates, this will only discuss the heavy hitters we all know by name and who are doing the best in the polls.
The first night included Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’ Rourke, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. A stark contrast to the first round, Tuesday’s debate saw Warren and Sanders go head-to-head. Buttigieg, or Mayor Pete as he’s more commonly known, and O’Rourke both made valid points and appealed to their ever-growing bases but everyone involved knew this night was for Warren and Sanders. In an attempt to set themselves apart from one another, both candidates articulately stated their differences without infighting; unlike night two but we’ll discuss that shortly.
Warren’s student debt forgiveness plan includes a two cent tax on the 0.1% of Americans making over $50 million a year. A two cent tax will be placed on every dollar made after the 51 millionth dollar, which would effectively cancel student debt for 95% of the population.
Sanders’ plan is to effectively cancel all student debt by a new tax on financial transactions, which he expects could raise more than $2 trillion over the next 10 years. The tax plan will include a 0.5% fee on all stock trades, a 0.1% fee on all bond trades and a 0.005% fee on all derivatives trades.
Night two ushered in Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang on the stage. This night was a stark comparison to the first because the bulk of the night was spent trying to attack both Biden and Harris’ political careers.
Yang and Gillibrand were definitely the dark horses of the debate and used their time wisely to introduce legislation and focus on appealing to voters. Booker made incredibly compelling points but the highlights revolved around the quips thrown Biden’s way. Michael Bennet also delivered but is barely polling and sounds like Matt Damon’s character from “Team America: World Police.”
It’s understandable that the candidates have to beat each other first before becoming the nominee but night two saw too much infighting and that served as a distraction. The rule of thumb should always be country before party and the candidates from the first round seemingly pursued this much more.
The winner of night two was Yang with his proposal to put a monthly stipend of $1,000 in every American’s pocket starting from birth. Yang also discussed future job creation and the inevitable job loss brought on by the advancement of technology. The other candidates may still be on stage trying to discredit Biden and Harris.
By no means am I pledging allegiance to Yang Gang but his closing remarks have stayed with me and encapsulated the mindset each candidate should have, “This isn’t about left or right; this is about moving forward.”
Story by Selena Williams
What does it actually mean to be more than one race? It seems like such a simple question to ask; however, it can be difficult to answer without feeling like a racial impostor.
The phrase “what are you?” is not an appropriate way to ask someone about their identity. Unfortunately, that does not stop people from saying it, or from questioning or even correcting someone’s self-identification.
Rose State student Haley Thatcher, who is mixed - African American and Caucasian- has had difficulties being biracial. She explained her school experience growing up.
“Well, since I went to a 95% all white school it was tough,” Thatcher said. “Finding friends wasn’t all that hard, but still challenging.”
Thatcher said she first realized she was biracial when she was 10 or 11, always received comments about her hair and even stares.
“I did get a question one time how I got my hair so curly, which I thought was kind of strange,” Thatcher said.
Thatcher thinks race is just a way to identify or categorize what we look like. She thinks it’s a good thing because if we did not, we would feel alone.
Former Rose State student, Kourtney Love, who is also African American and Caucasian, lives in Midwest City with her husband and daughter.
“In junior high, I didn’t like being called white because at that time I found out about slavery, so I didn’t want to be referred to as white. It was either just mixed or black; and this guy called me a white girl, it upset me, you know. I didn’t want to be the white girl. “I think at that time it was kind of like, I don’t fit in with one crowd, and I didn’t experience anything like that again until I was 26.”
Love explained how when she was 26, a man called her a black girl and she said it didn’t make sense that all of a sudden she was considered a black girl. That’s when she noticed that being mixed was a thing and some people didn’t like it. She felt like people thought she was either too black or too white.
In high school Love began hanging out with more black kids or mixed kids instead of white kids, because they didn’t interact with her, so she didn’t interact with them. She never experienced what it was like to have white friends or the white culture other than from her dad’s side of the family.
“I would think that if you’re colorblind, then race doesn’t exist, people are just people,” she said. “You know, if we didn’t live in the world we live in, and people weren’t so into colorism then it’s false. People put that in our minds or taught us that because you look different, race exists. In a perfect world, if you raise your kids to be colorblind they won’t know, so race wouldn’t exist. We can interact the same way, we can have the same conversations and if nobody looked at color, we could get the same education and textbooks. So, race [shouldn’t]exist, but it does.”
Love explained how she addresses silly or misguided questions from the outside world regarding her daughter.
“Being mixed, I have had problems with my daughter because she’s brown. She’s much more brown than I am and so people ask ‘is that your real daughter, like you gave birth to her, you had her?’ and I’m like, ‘yeah’,” she said. “I’ve had kids or adults come up to me and say ‘why is she so dark?’, and I’m like it’s because I’m not white and her dad is black, she’s black. It felt like they were saying she couldn’t be my daughter because we were two separate shades.”
On the surface, colorblindness seems like a good thing, since it says we should treat each other purely as individuals. However, race influences our perceptions and treatment of others, whether we want it to or not, and that trying to ignore race effectively means trying to ignore racism, which lets the current racial inequities continue.
“I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be any other race,” Love said. “To be just black or just white, I don’t think I would want to be either. I’ll stay in the middle because each race goes through its own things. But, I couldn’t imagine just being whole when being half you go through what you go through, or you hear the things you hear. Like how much worse could it get, so I’ll just stay in the middle.”
Regardless of race, everyone will encounter some sort of identity crisis in their lives. Many multiracial people find themselves between the racial and ethnic boxes society has put in place. Instead of having our own box, people dip in and out of preexisting boxes that fit depending on the situation they are in. The most important thing to remember is to not make assumptions about a mixed person’s racial identity. If a person discloses their identity, take their word for it. No two multiracial people are the same. All individuals have different stories and backgrounds, but everyone’s story is valid. Recognize and celebrate that.