College students are notorious for having busy schedules. Having good time management skills is very important to the overall success of the students. When it comes to school, work and other activities, bad management could contribute to a less than healthy body.
Students usually end up sacrificing something; whether it's sleep, study time or nutrition. Effort is spent more on certain activities than others. For example, students spend long hours studying and do not get enough sleep at night. Busy work schedules make it more difficult to a healthy meal and sometimes students simply turn to fast food.
However, it may be worth the effort to get adequate sleep and not skip meals. In an article by the National Institution of Mental Health, a lack of sleep can result in decreased performance, concentration and even reaction time. Adults should aim to get eight hours of sleep each night (education.com).
There are many negative side effects to skipping meals. Not only does skipping meals decrease the metabolic rate, but it also zaps whatever energy remains in our bodies and can also impair our concentration. That's why it is recommended to eat a good breakfast and get a good night's sleep before a test day. Our bodies should be functioning at their best, physically, so we can perform at our best, mentally.
Another essential to a high energy level is water. Dehydration is a common factor of fatigue. Drinking enough water each day helps a lot of bodily functions. A quick tip: if you are drinking only filtered water, make sure to supplement with an electrolyte drink, bottled water is stripped of all minerals.
Food: Try to eat as much natural food as possible. While fresh fruits may be more expensive, it is worth it if you want your body to perform at its best. When food is processed, the nutritious parts are eliminated, and artificial additives take their place. Many online resources offer tips on preparing healthy and budget friendly meals.
Studies have shown high energy levels in the body also relieve stress and can increase an individual's overall happiness. So if you are looking to boost your energy, remember to eat fresh foods, get enough sleep and drink water.