Posts Tagged ‘sleep’

Jerks Need Sleep Too!

Posted: October 25, 2012 by jerkmagblog in CRISP -- health
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With the past four weeks being all about midterms, it’s no secret to anyone that sleep hasn’t exactly been top priority. Exams, papers, horrible group projects, and those small tedious “this will only take a second” homework assignments your professors think won’t matter in the grand scheme of things, seem to take over our lives. If they only knew what students really wanted to vocalize in those classes, chances are, we wouldn’t have as much work to do.

Considering how important sleep is and the fact that it’s become a long-lost friend these recent weeks, let’s just make sure it’s not looking for a reunion during your midterm exam or during that time before class that is perfect for a quick snooze, which eventually sneaks into class time because you’re that exhausted. Don’t let your grades or health slip just because of a paper or assignment that could be done during the daylight.

Many students say they feel they’re some kind of nocturnal. Obviously this isn’t true, but it certainly feels like it. For whatever reason, they get that second wind at night time, and can’t shut off the light/computer/cell phone.

According to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health, some 30 to 40 percent of adults suffer symptoms of insomnia within a given year.

So here are a few steps to take before bedtime to ensure that your night’s sleep will be satisfying.

Yoga therapist Kate Vogt offers the following practices to help you invite your mind and body to rest.

Say Goodnight: Create a bedtime ritual to signal to your body and mind that all activity is done for the day and it’s time for rest. Finish eating two hours prior to bedtime, and turn off the TV or put aside your cell phone and laptop at least a half an hour before retiring. Literally start to check out and unplug before going to bed. It will make sleeping stress-free a little easier.

Stretch and Yawn: Rest on your back to contract and stretch your muscles from head to toe. Flex your feet, spread your toes, and then curl them under three times. Stretch out one foot and reach the opposite arm overhead. Gently squeeze and release the leg and arm muscles three times. Change sides. Hug yourself and shrug your shoulders toward each other. Hold for three or four seconds and release. Change the cross of your arms and repeat. Rest the base of your palms above your eyebrows and place your thumbs on your temples. Slide your fingertips along your hairline and circle the thumbs lightly on your temples. Yawn three times.

Let Yourself Melt: Lie flat on your belly, resting your forehead on your hands. Feel your navel expand toward the floor as you inhale and pull back as you exhale. With each exhalation, imagine releasing tension from your body. Do this for 10 breaths. Roll slowly onto your back. Rest your fingers on your belly, feeling it rise and fall as you take 12 more breaths. With each exhalation, let yourself melt and be absorbed into radiant love. Then, curl into a fetal position on your right side and rest. You may even drift off to sleep.

To see more tips and tricks to a good nights sleep or to gain more yoga knowledge, visit

Happy sleeping!

-Brooke Leone

You just upped your workout at the gym, and you’re feeling pretty good about yourself. By running an extra mile on the treadmill or spending 10 more minutes on the elliptical, you clearly burned more calories than usual. So, you decide to indulge a little. But while the occasional cake pop with your Starbucks coffee as a reward for being sweaty is fine in moderation, making a habit of constantly rewarding yourself after a workout could undo any positive effects of staying at the gym longer.

Losing weight or maintaining your current weight is no small feat. (Trust me, I lost 60 pounds during my junior year of college, and keeping it off is a daily struggle). And as tempting as it may be to give yourself a reward for a good workout, you could end up putting the lost pounds back on.

According to, a blog dedicated to anything and everything a woman could possibly care about, there are five things you shouldn’t do after a workout.


Midterms are finally over! And just in time to get completely shitfaced for Halloween. (Because we all know you’re thinking it.) But, don’t let that be the only form of celebration you give yourself after studying your ass off for the first big tests of the year (that is assuming you studied…).

Try treating yourself to some Chipotle or Pastabilities, get mani/pedi at Garbo’s, or how about just allow yourself to get a full night’s sleep–or, sleeping through that class you just took a midterm for–for some alternative ways of celebrating.

Now that the first quarter of the semester is over, here is a checklist you must have completed to ensure full success at the end of your semester:


Autumn is my favorite season. But aside from the great fashion, delicious food and the beautiful landscapes, it has one extreme downside: it’s the beginning of flu season.

I hate being sick. Seriously, I would rather have both of my arms broken and have to walk around wearing two casts instead of being confined to my bed. So, in lieu of walking around campus waiting to be infected, I recently got my flu shot.

If you only ever decide to take my advice on one thing, let it be this: always get a flu shot. Now, this obviously won’t apply to those who are allergic to the shot itself (sorry about that, by the way; it must be torture having to wait in anticipation to contract the yearly flu), but if you can get it, I suggest that you do.

However, if you can’t get the shot or just don’t want to, you can still protect yourself from the weeks-long sickness by taking preventative measures. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are six main steps one can take to prevent the flu from taking over your body, and even to treat it if you’re one of the unlucky sufferers:


The “sick card” is something we all have played before in order to get out of going out on that night you just feel like watching a move in bed or skipping your least favorite class.  But since arriving at ‘Cuse, it seems as though every freshman I know has played this card multiple times (myself included).

Whether our immune systems are still adjusting to the cooler temperature that upstate New York has to offer or living in close quarters with other dirty, sick freshmen, I cannot get rid of this bug.  It does not help that the Health Center receptionists are not friendly, to say the least, and treat you like a dumbass when you walk in and try to make an appointment instead of calling ahead of time.

So, what should you do if you’re feeling like me and being the “Debbie downer” of the night?  Follow my five tips and hopefully you’ll get over this fall sickness as fast as possible–just in time for parents weekend! Yay…not.


Eat Ice Cream and Nap – New Career Goal

Posted: September 26, 2010 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health
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The semester is officially in full swing, which means lots of homework and not enough shut-eye.

Sleep is important for our well-being. According to Mayo Clinic, adults need at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. How many of us are actually getting that? In planning out my day, I’m finding that napping is losing its staying power on my to-do list. In short, school is bad for our health. F you, SU. I’ve also realized that when I have to be a real adult next year with (hopefully) a full-time job, naps will probably disappear.

But then I had a revelation: I need to forget my journalism aspirations and go work for Ben & Jerry’s in Burlington, Vermont. I may not make much money, and I won’t get any bylines, but at least I’ll be well-rested and living the Americone Dream.


~Alicia Smith