Poor sleep can affect a student’s grades, motivation, concentration and their emotional state. With more and more stories popping up in the news about 11-20 year old age groups suffering in education simply because they do not have consistent sleep patterns Millbrook Contract Beds thought it was time to take a look at some of the issues behind this and some of the potential solutions.
Recent studies conducted in different countries by a range of highly respected sleep clinics has determined that younger persons really do need to get roughly 10 hours per night. That includes teenagers. Remember, their bodies and minds are still developing and to nurture that they need adequate sleep time.
College and university students are among the most sleep-deprived out of all demographics simply because of their 24 hour party lifestyle and then vigorous hours of study and research crammed in between. It can be seriously crippling to a young person. Many of these students settle having between 4-6 hours worth of sleep yet it is the first two and last two hours of sleep that matter most hence why 8 hours should be the minimum in order to fully recharge and reset.
The all-nighter is infamous as being an opportunity to study or an excuse to socialise, hard. Sleep deprivation has been proven to impair mental function and ultimately weaken the immune system. Sleep is essential, and has been scientifically proven, to maintain memory, mood, and overall cognitive performance.
If the students are still in school and under the roof of their parents then it up to the parents to enforce stricter bedtime rules and ensure their children are getting the hours required for them to be alert and aware come the morning ring of the school bell. However, once teenager reach 16 they begin to flirt with independence in their learning and education by choosing college and courses that suit their desires and pursuits. This is when they begin deciding what they want to do with their lives and how they choose to live them. Usually, bed time rules cease to apply to them and they begin making their own.
So if you’re a student and you’re independent from home without rules and restrictions from parents; stay with our blog this week for an in-depth exploration of how sleep can be optimised to help academic studies. We can help you achieve a better quality of sleep and fully realise your potential for absorbing more information in classes/lectures.
Ideally you should be getting 9 hours of sleep a night as a teenager. That won’t always be possible of course. Sometimes circumstances just make that impossible and we understand that.
If you want to be on top form in an exam then it’s essential you get a good night sleep. In the next part in this blog series we will tell you how!
Millbrook Contract Beds is dedicated to providing the best sleep experiences for everyone and we hope we can be of help in our blog from time-to-time. For academic contract beds please follow the link or for general sleep advice follow us on Twitter and the blog.
It’s not just the Olympics that will be bringing people to our shores in 2012. Summer in the UK brings with it a huge influx of tourism and foreign students. They come from all over the world, packing up their cases and heading for the airport to make the most of their summer studying in the UK.
With all these extra numbers flooding to our sunny shores in search of a place to stay, it can be a struggle to keep up with the demand for beds. Campuses all across the country will be looking to make the most of the space available by choosing the most compact, space-saving beds available, which is why Millbrook Contract Beds have designed an entire range of beds specifically targeted towards Academic Residences.
Each of the contract beds in this dedicated Academic range are ideally suited to the unique challenges posed by an academic setting, being highly durable and hardwearing while at the same time representing an economical option.
The first solution in our practical range of Academic Contract Beds is the Conference bed, available in a range of sizes from Single to Super King Size – in fact we even offer the convenient option of bespoke non-standard sizes made to fit your needs perfectly. The Conference’s open coil and woollen felt stuffed mattress design ensure a comfortable night’s sleep, while the breathable fabric is sure to keep you cool on even the hottest summer night. The solid metal frame and wipe-clean mattress style also mean this bed will last for many Summer seasons to come.
Next on the list of Millbrook’s dedicated Academic Contract Bed collection is the stylish Residence bed, available in the space-saving Single size of 90cm x 190cm. The sophisticated wooden headboard of this elegant design is sure to add a touch of class to any academic residence and fit in with any decor scheme without breaking the bank. At the same time, the easily cleanable PVC covered mattress perfectly addresses the paramount priority of hygienic bedding solutions.
Finally, Millbrook’s Academic collection is rounded off with the Campus bed design, a comfortable and versatile contract bed with an open coil type mattress and the option of detachable or fixed legs, allowing you to adjust the height of the bed to best suit your accommodation needs. As with all Millbrook’s Academic styles, the Campus is easy to clean to save you time preparing your rooms. What’s more, it’s also available in a wide range of sizes to fit every room.
Whichever of these quality student contract beds is right for your Academic Residence, we hope we at Millbrook beds can help you ensure your busy summer season ahead goes by without a hitch.
Sleep studies are suggesting that students of the college and university variety are losing sleep due to overindulgence in party lifestyles, bad diet regimes and ramshackle sleep cycles. This comes as no surprise to anyone we’re sure. Part of the attraction to being a student for younger people is the pure unadulterated freedom to act out and go wild. Millbrook Contract Beds would like to step in to give our two cents on this particular matter – and no we’re not old granddads without any sense of fun over here! We just know that sleep matters… A lot. Continue reading »
Recent studies by medical and health professionals have indicated that the amount of sleep that students receive each night can affect their academic performance.
Millbrook Contracts Beds has investigated further into this by undertaking some research of our own into this area.
From what multiple studies we have found, teenagers who sleep between 7-8 hours per night score significantly higher in exams than students who sleep too much or too little. This is clearly down to a lack of sleep inhibiting normal growth and development of the brain. In turn this affects the synapses need for communication.
Sleep deprivation during the most sensitive time for development during adolescence can lead to even more serious learning and functioning problems further down the line.
So what is it that students are doing wrong to cause themselves such restless sleep cycles?
Well, the first and most obvious factor involved here is their lifestyle choices. Late nights spent watching television, eating junk foods, having many distractions in the bedroom from internet access to computer consoles, all contribute to bad sleep cycles.
How can we help?
Millbrook specialise in contract beds that are handmade to create the ultimate in luxury sleep. Our 60 years experience has given us the blueprint from which to base our incomparable designs. When it comes to the comfort needs of the academic industry we offer our Academic Collection.
Essentially, this collection combines practicality, comfort and economy to create an ideal sleep scenario for younger persons who need to get a good night’s sleep. There are models to suit every situation and location with durable and hard wearing mattresses and frames.
There are multiple choices available for bed frames and legs with these contract beds giving them a flexibility and space-saving potential that most other beds cannot provide.
The Campus contract bed is one of the most popular choices for academic residences from boarding schools to university campuses where smart design features, open coil springs and a fresh mattress give the precise level of comfort required.
Students MUST have high quality beds and they MUST be maintained to the same standard of quality.
However, at the end of the day when all is said and done, we can only offer the most comfortable option for students to help them get the best sleep possible, but it is up to the individuals to make sure they regulate their sleep environments to make them fit for a peaceful night ahead. Get rid of the distractions in the room, set yourself regular sleep hours and avoid all the pitfalls of sleep affecting behaviour.
For a list of top tips on what to do and what not to do before bed CLICK to read our “What makes a good night’s sleep” blog HERE.
As we all accept the fact that this summer hasn’t been the best on record, the student A’Level results this year were pretty good, which has offered some consolation at least to a few parents and students alike.
However, this of course has lead to an increase in new academic students this year, all eagerly looking forward to their first term in halls of residence, away from home.
If you’re looking at keeping budgets low, it’s very easy to assume that students should put up with their halls – whether they’re next door to a group that is partying every night or indeed if they’re using a contract bed that’s old. After all, isn’t that what student life is about?
Perhaps surprisingly, many students want to do well in their studies and as has been indicated by many professionals over the years, lack of sleep in a good bed can have an affect on academic results. It’s one thing to say that a student can’t concentrate if they have burned the midnight oil too many times, but to have someone say it because they were in an uncomfortably contract bed is something else.
So while you’re preparing for all the Freshers in the next three weeks or so, perhaps you can take a look at your contract beds in your halls of residence. Have they seen better days?
Remember that a contract bed is supposed to last up to 7 years. If you try and imagine a set of students every single year using a contract bed in the halls of residence and then during the summer a lot of delegates using that same contract bed – how long do you think it should last?
If you are looking for a contract bed for halls of residence or indeed any educational establishment, you may like to take a look at our Academic Collection or other ranges for some useful advice on what you can expect.
Equally, if you’re after completely impartial advice on contract beds for the academic industries we are always happy to offer this free of charge so do CONTACT US. Don’t forget that Millbrook Contract Beds is now on Twitter and Facebook too.
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