College Students Suffer From Sleep Deprivation

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Wednesday, 3/30/16

Mount Pleasant, Michigan



There simply are not enough hours in the day. The University Health Center reports that on average most college students get around six hours of sleep per night. The report also noted that the college years are "notoriously sleep-deprived due to an overload of activities". Sleep takes a backseat as students must balance work, homework, studying, social experiences, and trying to figure sleep into a busy schedule can be quite difficult.

According to research done by the University of Alabama, 60 percent of college students are not getting enough sleep and the "drive" to be successful may be contributing to the problem. There is a stigma is today's society that success is contingent to being tired and stressed which is totally backwards. The appropriate amount of sleep enables students to feel better and gives them better focus. "Chronic lack of sleep" can also lead to health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

Students may also equate sleep to being lazy. The "I'll sleep when I'm dead" ideal holds true with college students. Many students will sacrifice their sleep for nights out with their friends, and other experiences that are more exciting than sleeping. On the other hand students may just as well be cramming for a test which causes the student to stay up all night studying. It's a paradox: students must study to do well in school, students need sleep to do well and students cannot adequately do both.

Students also rely on other things to compensate for their lack of sleep such as coffee or even adderall. To combat the issue of sleep deprivation with college students Stanford University is training teens to educate their peers on the importance of sleep. Stanford's "sleep ambassador program" started in 2006 and student educators from Stanford University explain the important role sleep has with memory retention and the consolidation of memory. Stanford's goal is to educate young people on the importance of sleep so they can then relay this information to their peers. The goal is to allow students to explain to other students on the importance of sleep.

However students are always looking for a way to get ahead and that cannot happen when a person is sleeping. Students understand that if they are asleep, they cannot be studying, doing homework or anything else that may be viewed as more "productive" than sleeping. Sleep is the first thing students will sacrifice when their schedule starts to get a little packed.

To put it simply -- sleep in undervalued.

Tyler Webb
Editor-In-Chief, CLB
Senior Law Clerk, Levitt Law Firm

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