How to Beat Law School – Maybe it’s the Snoring!

I have a friend that is in law school. For those who don’t know, law school can be pretty demanding. He would be up all night reading contracts law, criminal law, and civil procedure for the following day. He’d go to class the next day exhausted but still be forced to learn. The strange thing was that he always made sure that he got seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Despite this, he always felt tired throughout the day. He says that his tiredness certainly hindered his ability to learn effectively.

I remember after his first year of law school, I suggested that he try to get some extra sleep, say nine hours. He tried this, but he still felt tired. In fact, not only did he feel tired, but he also felt a little groggy from perhaps getting too much sleep. I encouraged him to eat healthier. My friend was particularly fond of a “study beer” now and then. I told him to replace this with water, and to try to incorporate some more fruits and vegetables into his life. Again, he tried this, but to no avail. I could not possibly figure out what was wrong with him. It seemed like the guy was getting enough sleep, and that he was eating healthy enough, yet he constantly felt exhausted. I did feel bad for him, but after one night, I realized that while my friend was getting “enough” sleep, but he was not getting enough “good” sleep.

My friend was in town one night, and he spent the night on my couch. The morning after he spent the night, I walked into the living area to get some breakfast while my friend was still sleeping. As I approached the living room, I heard a sound grow louder and louder. I walked into the room and noticed that my friend had been snoring loudly. When I say “loudly” I mean that he shook the entire apartment with his snoring.

When my friend finally woke up, I told him about his snoring. He was surprised that he had been snoring that loud, and in fact, he seemed to not believe me at first. After some more convincing, he finally believed me. I told him to go to his doctor to see if there was anything he could do to treat his snoring. I’ll admit, I did not want to hear it again! But besides my selfish reasons, I felt that maybe his snoring related to his daily exhaustion.

Eventually, he found out that he had a condition known as sleep apnea. As this article explains, sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that disrupts an individual’s sleep. Individuals with this condition will unpredictably stop breathing during sleep, which means that the body is not getting enough oxygen. Fortunately, this condition is very treatable, and treatment yields excellent results. My friend is telling me that law school is going better than ever before!