An Ode to Sleep (RN)

by Elizabeth Russ, FNP

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    00:01 So what is the ultimate superpower that will help you tackle nursing school? I'm pretty sure the title has already spoiled this for me, but please just act shocked as always.

    00:11 Ready? Dun, dun, dun: it's sleep.

    00:14 Sleep is your superpower here.

    00:15 Now, I can see some of your eyeballs, like, actively rolling into the back of your head. And, yes, I have reached.

    00:23 This is my peak mom mode.

    00:25 But you know what? Your mom knows what's up.

    00:28 And that's why we say these things.

    00:29 Sleep is the most underrated superhero that will help you feel more in charge of nursing school.

    00:37 You know how we talk about how your brain actually grows more connections to the links of different concepts when you move your body? Well, the exact same thing happens when you sleep.

    00:48 Sleep also helps your body be less stressed, which helps you prioritize and be a little bit more rational.

    00:56 You can logic things out on exams and in life so much better when your brain isn't thinking that it's being chased by a nursing school bear.

    01:07 And you know what happens when you get no sleep, my friends? Your body releases a crap ton of steroids to try to keep you awake and alert.

    01:14 And it's exactly what would also happen if your body was trying to help you literally fight off and run away from a bear.

    01:22 Don't make your body think that it's fighting a bear.

    01:27 Your body does not, this might shock you, your body does not like that.

    01:30 It can't live like that forever.

    01:31 That's, like, a one time situation it wants to deal with.

    01:34 Bodies like when we let them rest, when we give them food and movement that make them feel good, and when we don't push them to their absolute limits of fighting a bear.

    01:46 They think better for us and life is easier.

    01:48 And I know it's easier said than done.

    01:50 I know. But if there's any way that you can prioritize getting at least 7 hours of sleep at night, please do that.

    01:57 I promise, you'll thank me for it.

    01:59 And you should be, at least at this point, set up to somewhat succeed. You have the foundation here.

    02:06 You have your planner. You have your reasonable daily checklists.

    02:09 If your checklists are keeping you up until wild hours of the morning to complete them, remember, you can always go back, and you can adjust the list to actually fit your life and how long it takes you to do things.

    02:21 See what you can move around.

    02:23 It's not a fun solution, but it's effective, I promise.

    02:25 Also, while we're on the topic, if you find yourself cramming for an exam because your to-do list got like a little away from you, which is totally fine, that happens to everyone, do not stay up all night into the wee hours of the morning trying to cram.

    02:37 Honestly, just sleep.

    02:39 You're going to do so much better on the exam with a well-rested brain versus an exhausted brain that was up cramming all night.

    02:45 A lot of nursing school exams are actually based on, like, how to logic through things to keep patients safe rather than straight memorization.

    02:53 And if you have not slept, the logic part of your brain isn't really showing up because you, remember, are fighting a bear figuratively.

    03:02 And you do not need logic to fight a bear.

    03:05 You just need adrenaline.

    03:07 So don't fight nursing school and a bear at the same time.

    03:10 Got it? Embrace sleep.

    03:12 I will get off of my sleep soapbox now, and I'll see you in the next one.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture An Ode to Sleep (RN) by Elizabeth Russ, FNP is from the course Preparing for Nursing School (RN).

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     Elizabeth Russ, FNP

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