Is Sacrificing Sleep Actually Worth the Good Grade?

Finals week is here and IPFW students are cramming to get their last minute study sessions in while finishing up assignments. Some even report forgoing sleep in order work through the night surviving on caffeinated drinks and pure stamina.

Daytime sleepiness, sleep deprivation and irregular sleep are highly common among college student. 50 percent report daytime sleepiness and 70 percent attain insufficient sleep.

Hershner and Chervin conducted a study on sleeplessness among college students and found that most people require seven to eight hours of sleep in order to function properly. It has been found that many bodily systems can be harmed by sleepless nights.

According to former nursing student, Caitlyn Mishler, a number of the body’s functions are negatively affected by inadequate sleep such as lack of appetite, slow immune system, erratic mood swings and neurocognitive consequences.

“It [sleep deprivation] can cause about anything under the sun,” said Mishler. “When you sleep, it’s a time for your body to repair itself and heal from stress of the day, you don’t realize it but actually walking around and being awake is quite a huge thing for your body and if you don’t give your body time to repair itself it will turn on you.”

During sleep, the body produces cytokines which are cellular hormones that help fight infections. People suffering from lack of sleep may be more vulnerable to everyday infections like the common cold and flu.

According to Hershner and Chervin there is a link between insufficient sleep and weight- gain. Due to lack of sleep, levels of the hormone leptin which tells the brain enough food has been consumed, are lower while levels of ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, are higher.

Alia Hoyt, who researched how dangerous sleep deprivation could be, stated that other effects of sleep deprivation involve a lower ability to retain memory, lack of better judgment and problem-solving. During sleep, learning and memory pathways become encoded in the brain, and sufficient sleep is necessary for those pathways to work properly.

“I see this [sleep deprivation] in more college aged students,” Mishler said. “They cram and rely on energy drinks and coffee to sustain them.”

With insufficient sleep, the thinking process slows, it is harder to focus and pay attention.

“I am sleep deprived right now,” Sara Williamson, a senior at IPFW said. “I didn’t really see it as a big deal, everyone goes through this at some point in their college career it wasn’t until I started going through memory loss and time jumps that I started to get scared.”

According to Hoyt, those who suffer from sleep deprivation have an easy solution: unstressed rest. Giving the brain and body time to repair itself in the REM stage of sleep is the best possible solution.

“Unstressed rest is the best cure for sleep deprivation, no sleeping aids or amount of caffeine can compare to a natural nights rest.” Mishler said.

Family Dairy Farm Offers Fall Fun

FORT WAYNE, Ind. –Fall is here and with the change in season comes a change in scenery. Haunted houses, and frightful décor and pumpkins emerge in the community this time of year.

The Kehnuert Dairy Farm stands out as a place with family fall fun.

The Kehnuert Dairy Farm is located on Cook Road. It is a family owned and family-friendly dairy farm. The Kehnuert Dairy Farm opened its doors on Oct. 3 for its third annual fall festival.

“It was our family’s idea to start the fall festival,” Sara Kehnuert, marketing director, said. “We all have an interest in educating the general public and we all decided that we were going to do this (fall festival) together as a team effort.”

The fall festival has a variety of activities to offer all members of the family. Such as a corn maze, Straw Mountain, hayrides, educational and nutritional stations for the children, mock cow milking, pumpkin painting, face painting and Halloween themed games.

The ever changing corn maze, is intricate, five acers long and friendly to all ages. The hayride is 45 minutes long and takes visitors on a tour of the functional farm. The employees will demonstrate how they milk and care for 700 cows, and how a bottle of milk gets to the grocery store.

“This started as a way for the general public to get a peek into what we do and for us to educate them on nutritional values while having a fun fall day,” Kuehnert said.

Visitors can enjoy a break near the employee controlled bonfire. Visitors can also make s’mores and roast hotdogs.

“The kids love it here,” Amber Fisher, who was spending her Sunday evening at the farm, said. “It’s great for them and us, we learn a lot and we get to be together.”

The Kuehnert Dairy Farm will have a special event for Halloween with trick-or-treating in the corn maze and one dollar off admission. For both adults and children who come in costumes. The Kuehnert Dairy Farm Fall Festival has been running for five weeks and concludes Nov. 1.

The Kuehnert Dairy Farm Fall Festival’s hours of operation are: Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 per person. Price of admission includes all activities on the farm.

“I think this place is awesome,” Sandra Mavil, who was enjoyed her second year at the fall festival with her husband and two children, said. “It’s a great day for everyone, no one ever wants to leave.”