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
Sleep deprivation is a serious concern among college students, who are "among the most sleep-deprived age group in the United States," (Central Michigan University, 2008). It is important to study the causes of sleep deprivation, or sleep disorders, among college students. According to Park (2009), "dozens of studies have linked an increase in nightly sleep to better cognition and alertness." A study by Central Michigan University (2008) found that sleep deprivation can lead to poor academic performance, impaired driving, depression, and behavioral problems. There are several variables that may affect sleeping patterns among college students. One is genetics or biological issues. It is highly
In today’s society, many people go through many days yawning, fighting to stay awake and indulging in many cups of coffee. If you were to ask them what the cause of their restlessness was, the popular statement would be a lack of sleep. However, most would not dare to think that a lack of sleep could cause multiple issues in everyday life. This problem has been seen to peak during the good ole college days. It is hard to imagine that those days of all-night cramming sessions and those late nights partying causing students to be sleep deprived could lead to a variety of problems like stress, long term insomnia, and a weakened immune system.
Specific Purpose: Sleep and college students usually don’t tend to get along very well. Sleep and college life often bump heads due to stress, coursework and social activities. This speech will give the students useful information about dangers of not getting enough sleep and also hints on how to get a better nights sleep.
Many college students seem to suffer from sleep debt due to the fact they have a busy schedule, have to manage stress, and also try to live a healthy lifestyle. I think it is so common amongst college students since many students, including myself, struggle with time management. Struggling with time management usually results in students procrastinating and leaving school work to do very late, which results in students not getting a good night’s rest. Another reason as to why students have sleep debt is due to the fact that our generation loves to stimulate the brain with multiple and constant sensory inputs, such as listening to music, texting, watching TV, or playing video games. These engaging activities can exhaust your brain and impede
Students in high school struggle with sleep so seriously that medical professionals call it an epidemic, with 87% of students getting less than the recommended amount of sleep (Richter). It’s difficult to balance sports and extracurriculars with school and homework, and, come junior and senior year, college applications and jobs as well. All these activities in students’ lives leave them little time for a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately for them, sleep is actually crucial, as it has not only been shown to improve GPA, but also help students with memorizing information (Hershner). Not to mention that most high schools start classes early in the morning, with 29.9% of schools starting before 7:30 am, according to a 2012 survey (CDC). According
Sleep is as essential to people as food and water. It is what recharges us after a long day, and gives our bodies a chance to heal and grow. So why don’t teenagers get enough of it? Teenagers today are faced with this devastating problem, called sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is when a person does not get enough sleep, which can rapidly lead to deadly health effects (Pietrangelo 1). This problem is serious, especially for adolescents, and should be addressed in an environment where teens feel fine with facing the severity of the issue. The most pressing teenage issue today that Dearborn Public Schools should address in the classroom is sleep deprivation since sleep deprivation causes lifelong mental health issues, it creates severe physical health problems,
Lack of sleep is becoming an increasing concern in adolescents and its effect on their lifestyle. Mainly, their attitudes in school and outcomes in their test scores. Less than half of American children get at least nine hours of sleep each night, and 58 percent of 15- to 17-year-olds regularly sleep fewer than seven hours each night (The Atlantic). In this essay I’m going to explain the problem of lack of sleep, the solution to the problem, discard refutations, give a visualization of a correct sleep schedule, and do my best to convince you of the importance of a correct sleep schedule.
At MIT, conversations like this are commonplace. I find it astounding that at one of the finest institutions of higher education in the world, home to some of the most brilliant students I have ever encountered, sleep is regarded as optional. We are a school of science and technology. Here, facts and logic reign supreme. Yet despite the overwhelming evidence pointing toward the necessity of healthy sleep, students are hitting the sack for far less time than is considered healthy for a typical 18-22 year old.
Sleep as a whole is an extremely critical factor to human health , especially the well-being of full-time students’ due to today’s growingly time-consuming education system. Sleep plays an essential role in mental and physical health, as well as overall well-being. It is clear that sleep is crucial, however, who has the time for the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night, as a minimum? Full-time students especially are at high-risk for sleep deprivation – which has very damaging consequences. These consequences range from weight gain, memory issues, high blood pressure, poor balance and much more. A review of 16 studies have even shown that sleeping for less than 6-8 hours a night increases the risk of early death by about 12%. This information
Thesis Statement: When the projects, exams, and extra-curricular activities start to pile up on one another it seems as though there is not enough time in the day. This is when college students tend to lose precious hours of sleep and the consequences can be costly.
A great deal of students experience issues related to sleep when coming to college. These issues in sleep can be related to stress, going out and coming home late, or difficulties in adjusting to the college life. There are many ways college students are able to seek help for their difficulties in sleep. Sleep deprivation cannot only cause fatigue but also health issues such as a weakened immune system. College is said to be one of the best times of someone’s life, but with sleep difficulties it is hard to enjoy all that college has to offer. With the help of peer educators, it is easier to raise awareness and provide help to college students on ways to deal with sleep difficulties.
Richard Simmons once said, “There is no such thing as sleep deprivation, there is only caffeine deficiency.” College students everywhere have claimed this as their motto. From art majors who stay up late practicing charcoal and shading, to nursing majors who are stressing all night studying for their exams and practicums, to engineering majors who think a good night’s sleep is three or four hours, sleep has rarely been prioritised in college. Psychology Professors at the University of Hong Kong, Cheung and Chung are correct in their claim that, “insufficient sleep and irregular sleep-wake schedules among adolescents has become a major international health concern” (185). Through a personal survey taken of around 200 incoming students at George Fox University, the majority (48%) allowed for six to seven hours of sleep a night, and only three of the students claimed to hit the necessary nine of hours or more of sleep a night for functionality and growth in teenagers (Thomas). Sleep deprivation is a major dilemma among college and university students, and it has been proven to specifically impair moods and affect memory, subsequently resulting in lower grade point averages and academic participation. This cumulatively results in the deterioration of quality of learning due to stress and increased risk of academic failure. The goal of this study is to help provide the public with statistical information to raise awareness of the seriousness of sleep deprivation and sleep debt
Sleep is a necessity that people require to live a healthy lifestyle, and to partake in daily activities. Sleep is something that improves concentration, physical health, and provides energy. Steve Jobs once said, “For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” Steve Jobs is proclaiming that to receive the full benefits of sleep, people must sleep the recommended hours. College students continue to undergo a lack of sleep as they persist through their time-consuming days. This lack of sleep leads to sleep deprivation and the harmful effects it persists of. Sleep deprivation has been found to be common among college students, as students now are sleeping less and less. Students are being