#Freberg17..It’s a ‘See You Later’

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The time has finally (unfortunately) come to compose my last blog post for #Freberg17. Woah. Where has this semester gone?

This semester has been a whirlwind to say the least. I have grown as a student under Dr. Freberg’s wing. Comm 333 has taught me SO much and has undoubtedly solidified the direction in which I want my future to go. I have had numerous sleepless nights and countless days that have lasted an eternity in order to put my best work forward for this class. In meeting with Dr. Freberg in her office on the first day of the semester in January to gain approval to be included in this class, I immediately knew that this would be a course that I would be so passionate about.

This class is so imperative for students who are looking to work hard and get their hands dirty with a ‘real world’ client experience. You get to work side by side with a client looking for students to takeover their social media for a day and gain insights to everything that goes into running the big show. As a student in this class you will also be able to add onto your resume credentials by becoming certified on Hootsuite! FOR FREE! This is a great opportunity to one-up other applicants looking for the same jobs as you post-grad.

Dr. Freberg exudes so much enthusiasm, passion, and all around joy when teaching her students. Take it from me, I’ve had the pleasure of being her pupil three times now ;). Because of this, all of her classes – especially comm 333, are exciting, engaging, and I look forward to learning from her every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning!

All in all, Dr. Freberg’s social media course has been my favorite, and most rewarding class I have ever taken at the University of Louisville. I could not be more thankful to have had a professor as truly caring and wonderful as Dr. Freberg. Her unwavering support for her students and her devotion to their success outside of the classroom is awe inspiring and she should be looked up to by her colleagues. She has patiently helped me get through one of the toughest semesters I have ever had and my gratitude can not be expressed in a blog post.

So, thank you Dr. Freberg, #Freberg17, and all of my readers for showing me love this semester and interacting with me on Twitter. Because of you all, this class was so fulfilling.

It’s not a ‘goodbye’, it’s a ‘see you later’.

See you soon,

Hannah

PS: Huge shoutout to Dr. Karen Freberg for getting her tenure at the University of Louisville. I can not think of a more deserving professor! Congratulations!!

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What is ‘Sleep Hygiene’?

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A basic sleep hygiene list might look something like this:

  • Limit your caffeine intake, and don’t have any after 3 or so in the afternoon
  • Set times to go to sleep and wake up
  • No naps, not even 20 minute power naps
  • Don’t be in or near your bed for anything except sleeping
  • Try meditation, yoga, or breathing techniques
  • Try harder to relax, but don’t try too hard to sleep

Sleep hygiene is a set of rules you’re supposed to follow in order to get good sleep. Most people have the luxury of not caring too much about it, because when their brain and body get tired they can go to bed and recharge. Following these rules is important even for perfectly healthy individuals, but mandatory for those of us who suffer from sleep disorders.

There are different kinds of insomnia: not being able to fall asleep, not being able to stay asleep, and not being able to have restful sleep. I’m unlucky enough to have all three. I’m not going to lie, insomnia is incredibly difficult to live with. I almost never wake up feeling rested, which can make it difficult to start my day with a positive outlook. I get incredibly sleepy at inopportune times, and I’ve spent too many hours of my life staring at a dark ceiling. I’ve fallen into bed, completely worn out, only to find myself unable to get any of the rest I so desperately need.

One of the more frustrating things, however, is that people don’t seem to understand insomnia. Sure, most people have had a sleepless night or two at least once in their lives, but I’ve run into a lot of people who don’t understand what it means to suffer from it in the long term. Inevitably, when someone asks how I am, tired will be a part of that. People joke about how being tired is just part of their personality now, and I get it, a lot of people are sleep deprived in college. But for me, the problem isn’t temporary – I’ve been sleep deprived for as long as I can remember.

A lot of people think that not being able to sleep is somehow glamorous, like it’s my hidden superpower. While it is easier for me to pull an all-nighter, this isn’t by choice, and it isn’t a good thing – no one should be awake for more than a day. Going without sleep has huge negative impacts on your brain, and I am not immune to these – I’m just more accustomed to them.

As far as doing work, that thing that most people spend most of their day on, whether it’s academic work or their job, when you’re sleep deprived it can be near impossible to read, much less create anything decent. Yet somehow people think that because I spend less of my time asleep, then I must spend that time being productive. In reality, a lot of that time is spent just trying to wish myself to sleep. Some days, completing my work is like trying to run a marathon, except once I’ve reached the end, there’s no reward or rest.

The constant bags under my eyes are unpleasant. It’s incredibly difficult to wade through a fog of lethargy and exhaustion day after day. But honestly, what tires me out the most is the lack of sympathy. Whether it’s because of finals or an involuntary mental blockade, if your friends are tired be kind to them. Get the rest you need, and if you need some tips on how to sleep better, I’ve got you covered.

See you soon,

Hannah

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