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The day sometimes doesn’t feel long enough and many students wished the days were longer than 24 hours, so they could get a good sleep.

Some students have tricks to get more sleep and stop yawning in class.

“I just try to be more productive during the day, so I’m not waiting until the very end to do everything. That way, I am more able to get more sleep at night,” said Garret Pierce, BYU student majoring in public relations.

However, during mid-terms it seems too hard sometimes.

“Any time there’s a test, my sleep gets cut down at least by a couple of hours,” said Aimee Johansen, BYU student majoring in biology.

Experts say it’s important for college students to get anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep so they can have a good performance at school.

“There is a memory function in your sleep and if you skip sleep you are not retaining as much information as you would sleeping,” said Tom Golightly, associate clinical director of the BYU counseling and psychological services.

Doctors say some things we can do to get a better night’s sleep are keeping bed routines, exercising regularly, having a food diet and sleeping in complete darkness.

Teachers say falling asleep in class because of lack of sleep can get distracting at times.

“When students fall asleep, they are distracting other students and they are not going to be able to contribute, so they are hurting themselves, and they are hurting others,” said Kerry Muhlestein, associate professor and department chair of the Ancient Scripture Department.

However, Muhlestein demonstrated that he, along with other professors, can also take it with a great sense of humor. Muhlestein shared,”If i see more than 2 people sleep in the class, i just suddenly go like, Baaa, and just watch them jump out of their chairs.”

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