Students, please sleep when you're not on the bus
Dear any student who takes transit,
I'm a little worried about some of you, as it doesn't seem as if you're getting enough sleep these days.
Today on my morning commute, I counted at least three sleeping students, including the man seated next to me, who kept nodding off and leaning on me. A sleepy student across the aisle practically had her head on the shoulder of the rider next to her.
Now, you may not realize this considering you are fast asleep, but when you take up other people's personal space, it's incredibly rude. Also I don't like people drooling on me, call it a weird personal preference.
As the days get shorter, so do tempers—I'm not going to apologize for elbowing you when you decide to nap on me, nor should anyone else. So on behalf of myself, my fellow wide-awake riders, and your potentially bruised ribs, would you please go to bed early tonight?
It's eight or nine weeks into the semester; you should have adapted to your class schedules by now. There is no reason for you to be napping on your fellow bus riders anymore. I don't know why you're staying up so late, but stop. Stop staying up till the wee hours cramming for your exams. No more late-night video-game sessions. Try not to party too hard on weeknights.
And try to get some quality sleep. Drinking caffeine and alcohol interfere with your natural sleep cycle, as does smoking, so try to avoid those in the hours before you hit the hay. Don't pass out with your TV blaring or your computer in your lap. Always go to bed around the same time.
A multitude of studies show that getting enough sleep is critical to postsecondary academic success, which means you need to sleep at least six hours and probably more like seven or eight. And that's every night; you can't make up the hours on the weekends.
A lack of sleep often leads to irritability, weight gain, and more frequent illnesses, so it's in everybody's best interest for you to just go the fuck to bed.
Also, naps are your friend. Just stop taking them on me.