Are you tired and having trouble paying attention in class? Focusing on tasks at hand? Or just completely being overall unproductive? The average college student is deprived at least two full hours asleep each night according to “College Tidbits” a website designed to promote healthy lifestyles and productivity in daily college life. These results were pooled from multiple surveys done over hundreds of campuses throughout the United States. Today, I hope to persuade you to fight the statistics and get those extra two hours of sleep. Do what it takes to get the full seven to nine hours that is suggested by the Mayo Clinic. I will discuss two problems. Why college students are not getting enough sleep and they ways sleep deprivation can affect you.
There are many reasons college students, students just like us, are not getting enough sleep each night. One of the largest is the overload of responsibility. The student is now independent and is forced to take on all things on their own. The student is now forced to set his or her own schedule; one that includes when one goes to sleep and when one wakes up. There is also the added pressure to have a social life, to have the “college experience.” This thought often forces us to put off schoolwork and to put off the necessities of daily life. Putting off schoolwork to sometimes literally the last minute has drastic affects on sleeping habits. According to Staples University school Nurse Ms. Libby Russ “Procrastination is capable of chewing up many more hours than any amount of work can.”
Now that we have looked at some of the reasons we lose sleep lets look at the ways sleep deprivation can affect you. According to the article “What are the Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation” by medical doctor Brandon Peters some of the common symptoms are: mood changes, difficulty concentrating, impaired performance in everyday tasks, memory loss, paranoia, anxiety, and in extreme cases even to your death.
If you have been sitting here diagnosing yourself with one, two, maybe a multitude of these symptoms it is very possible that you have fallen into this unhealthy lifestyle lived by over 70% of college students. A number put forth by Rebecca Shragge in 2010 a sociologists and news reporter from California. Luckily it is not too late. You should take advantage of the time you have and follow these easy tips: Adjust lighting at the proper time for sleep, a dim or dark room will signal to the body that it is time to rest; keep your sleep schedule on the weekends consistent with your class schedule; if you have eight o’clock classes during the week do not sleep in until 1pm on Saturday and Sunday; turn off notification from your cell phone or other electronic devices, use an actual alarm clock to wake you up so you are able to silence any other objects that have the potential to wake you up; and finally get in the habit of getting the full seven to nine hours suggested, once your body becomes used to this it will expect the same every night and will set its own personal sleep schedule.
I know you do not want to continue to live an unhealthy lifestyle why your body deteriorates and begins to malfunction due to you not taking care of yourself and providing your body with the rest it needs.
In conclusion, get those two additional hours of sleep that your peers seem to lack, get the fully suggested 7-9 hours. We have identified what causes college students to lose those much needed hours and we have analyzed the affects those two hours can have on your body. Hopefully you have come to realize that maybe, just maybe, after all these year the old saying is wrong…it truly should state, “If you DON’T snooze you lose”