The Effects Of Sleep Deprivation On College Students

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Introduction Sleep is an incredibly important physiological action that functions as a period of growth, repair, rest, and relaxation for the human body (“Sleep,” 2015). As a population, college students are notorious for their skewed sleep patterns and their overall lack of getting the sufficient number of hours of sleep they need to perform optimally in school. Cramming the night before exams by pulling an “all-nighter” as well as the overall excessive number of distractions that present themselves with college life seem to interfere with students’ sleep. Sleep deprivation appears to be coupled with college students, and research studies have presented statistics that support this generalization. In an article published through the University of Michigan, fifty percent of students said that they were sleepy during the day and seventy percent of students said they did not get an adequate amount of sleep at night (Hershner & Chervin, 2014). Specifically, it appears that nursing students suffer from sleep deprivation, correlated with stressors linked to clinical practice and the rigorous nature of nursing programs (Ticona Benavente, Marques de Silva, Baraldi Higashi, de Azevedo Guido, & Siqueira Costa, 2014). In this paper, I will discuss the causes and effects of sleep deprivation, with a focus on how sleep deprivation relates to nursing students, and then present some nursing interventions that could be utilized for this problem. Causes Research displays a host of
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