College is at once enlightening and taxing. The more a student gives to their college experience, whether it be studying, getting involved in clubs or sports, or just getting to class on time, the more they get out of the experience. If that student gives their all to school, they get a lot back—know-how, time management, friends, knowledge, and a precarious path to their future career. However, during that time when a student is giving so much of their time, energy, and mind power to their education, it can backfire on them: their bodies and minds can start to suffer from lack of sleep, high levels of stress, and the impossibility of getting everything done.
In order to make the best of their college experience, students should have an outlet that lets them relieve stress, catch up on sleep, and help retain the information they need to succeed. One perfect solution to the speed and stress of school is to take a break – and go float.
Floating to Relieve Stress
Class time, studying, jobs, clubs, extracurricular activities, social endeavors, and sleep can become a balancing act for any student. Throwing on top of that the big decisions that students have to make about their futures without knowing what will come of them makes a student’s life extremely stressful.
Luckily, floating is the perfect pastime to reduce stress. Being in the float pod takes away the distractions of the outside world and lets you really relax. According to NPR, preliminary studies have shown that after an hour of floating, the amygdala, the brain’s center of fear and anxiety, has quieter activity. Floating has also shown to lower blood pressure and levels of cortisol, which is called “the stress hormone.”
Stress relief is one of the primary benefits of floating—it’s no wonder, either. Float pods create the perfect relaxing environment by removing outside distractions, letting the strained student brain take a rest.
Floating to Catch Up on Sleep
What student hasn’t stayed up to the wee hours of the morning to study for that one impossible exam or finish that fifteen-page paper, single spaced? Being on the go and working all the time means that most students don’t get the amount of sleep they need. To be exact, according to the University of Georgia, most college students get an average of 6 hours of sleep a night, which usually isn’t enough for the average adult to remain mentally or physically healthy. The good thing is that floating can help students get their sleep schedule back on track, or at least give them a nice nap.
Whether you just want to fall asleep for an hour in the warmth and safety of the float pod, or if you are interested in fixing your sleep schedule, floating can help. Floating can put you into an intensely relaxed state that can mimic stages of sleep, including REM sleep, which can help restore sleep deprivation. In my experience, sleeping while floating has always left me feeling like I slept for hours rather than only sixty minutes, which can be a life saver during midterms and finals.
Floating to Retain Information and Inspire New Ideas
Whether you are a student who is trying to learn and retain new information important for your future, or if you are attempting to create something completely new, floating can help you on your education and creative endeavors.
When you are floating, you are in a space that creates sensory deprivation—meaning that stimuli such as noise, light, smell, feeling, and even gravity is all removed. These stimuli distract you from what’s going on in your brain. By putting yourself in a space where you are alone with your thoughts, you can access points in your mind that allow more creative thinking. Plus, floating puts your brain into a state of deep relaxation, which helps the memory center of the brain perform better. Floating right after studying or learning a new concept can be a great way to process and retain that new information!
If you are a student who gets stressed out and needs a breather during the school year, we hope you know that you should always take a break when you need one, even if it’s just taking an hour of your day to sit and read a book, take a nap, go for a run, or watch TV. We also want you to know that floating only takes an hour, and it has massive benefits for your health and well-being—so why not try it out?
Check Blue Oceans Float out on the Pocket Points app—and think about going for a float when a big exam rolls around. You won’t regret it.
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