The Effects Of Sleep Deprivation On College Students

1217 WordsNov 15, 20145 Pages
Although acquiring the basic amount of sleep seems to be an easy task, college students are struggling to snag even a couple hours of sleep, thus significantly affecting their four domains of development during a crucial developmental period in their lives. College students are going through the development period, Emerging Adulthood, which is from the ages of 18 to 25 years old. During this period of time, adolescents tend to focus on their self-development and discover their identity and the four developmental domains are evolving (Grusec & Hastings, 2008). The four domains are: Cognitive, Social, Emotional, and Physical. These domains are significantly affected by sleep deprivation, which is the condition of not having the right amount of sleep. Students are unable to focus on their academics, are unable to socialize, cannot handle their emotions, and their health begins to deteriorate. Sleep deprivation is becoming a major problem in the country and is affecting college students, who are going through an essential time in their lives for which they need to be in their shape. Throughout the nation, 70 million Americans are noted to have difficulties sleeping because of sleep disorders, which is roughly 23 percent of the national population (Gaultney, 2010). With sleep deprivation on the rise for students in universities, many adolescents’ four developmental domains are not developing properly. This paper will address the ways through which sleep deprivation is
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