The College Sleepyheads

College students are considered part of the most sleepless populace. While it may appear amusing to sing and jam with companions at midnight, it’s not all that fun when side effects of sleep deprivation plague throughout the following day. As a college student, there are a lot of aspects that can cause the sustaining of a standard sleep schedule to be rather difficult. Some include staying in the habitation hall, pondering upon final exams, and mingling with other people. Students’ day- by- day routines and activities can also affect on how well they sleep.  The tough lives of undergraduate and graduate students can make it seem impossible to uphold a healthy custom.  Experts agree that teenagers are more likely to plunge shorter than anybody else. According to a research report, the average adolescent is required to have eight and a half to nine and a half hours of sleep every single night. However, in a 2006 survey by the National Sleep Foundation, fewer than 20 percent reported getting that much rest on weeknights. Amidst the abundance of high technology gadgets, the present percentage is assumed to be even inferior.

Scholarly success and adequate sleep go hand in hand.  Also, inadequate sleep has an effect on memory, cognitive thinking and the ability to put together good judgments. Pediatric sleep specialist at Children’s National Health System in Washington, Dr. Judith A. Owens, said that insufficient sleep of teenagers amplifies the risks of high blood pressure, heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes. Sleep deprivation can also have a downbeat effect on mood. Too little sleep raises the danger of despondency, and resting in less than eight hours each night has been associated to almost three times the higher threat of suicide attempts, after other possible reasons are represented. The menace of obesity is also greater by sleep deprivation. In 2002, a study has projected that for every hour of sleep deprivation, the probability of a teenager being obese rose by as much as 80 percent.

In the article “Hard Lesson in Sleep for Teenagers” by Jane A. Brody, she stated that adolescence’s sleep-wake sequence can move as quickly as two hours which makes it difficult to be asleep before 11 p.m. Taking slow pace of the night habits and doing some short readings or watching TV can actually help, according to the Brown University health promotion, to relax and then eventually fall asleep. Everyone needs to rest. As what Dr. Owens said, “Sleep is not optional. It’s a health imperative, like eating, breathing and physical activity.”

By: Shane Marie K. Canono

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