Sleep Deprivation On College Students

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Sleep Deprivation in College Students Stress Management Betty Diaz August 14, 2017 Abstract A common problem in many young adults in college is sleep deprivation. College students are some of the most sleep deprived people. Their sleep hygiene behavior is worse than adults. An adequate amount of sleep time is 7 to 8 hours each night to complete a regular sleep cycle. When college students have less sleep time, they are disturbing their sleeping cycle and their bodies respond by decreasing their ability to concentrate on tasks. Sleep deprivation can affect your everyday life in many different ways. For instances, it can decrease your physical health, mental health, and academic performance. The following articles will be focusing on…show more content…
One of the main symptoms of sleep deprivation is excessive daytime sleepiness in addition to poor memory, poor concentration, and depressed mood (Colten, Altevogt, & Institute of medicine, 2006). As time goes by for adults, sleep deprivation increases, and studies have shown that about 18% of adults in the US report getting insufficient sleep. Why are college students sleep deprived? One factor that increase sleep loss is the poor sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene is the promotion of regular sleep (CDC, 2012). Without sufficient sleep hygiene, students may notice that their health worsen and can encourage sleep deprivation. A study completed with college students showed that 33% of sleep deprived students took longer than 30 minutes to fall sleep, and 43% of the students studied also reported prematurely waking up more than once on a nightly basis (Forquer, Camden, Gabriau, & Johnson, 2008). One can say that college students have different sleep hygiene depending on their majors. Even though it may be true that some majors have different amount of work load, Forquer et al. (2008) found that there isn’t any difference between the grade level they’re in in college. METHODS The path to the college student with sleep deprivation, should include a screening process to determine if the patient’s sleep deprivation has a primary cause or if it is secondary. Some common primary sleep disorder as defined by the DSM-IV-TR, are divided into two categories, dyssomnias
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