Give me sleep, or give me death

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The Classic Student

Are we depriving our selves of sleep at so many alarming rates that we might just drop dead?

According to the National Sleep Foundation in the United States of America, %63 of college students do not get enough sleep. That is a staggering stat. A minority of college student actually sleep like normal people (or has the norm changed)?

“Yeah well, it’s only when it’s midterm or exam time”.  Is that so? According to Gayla Martindale of StateUniversity.com, a U.S University Directory, many students do not even realize they are sleep deprived. Yeah, we know you enjoy watching YouTube videos at night, or catching your favorite movie or two, but is it good for your health?

Not so, according to Michael J. Breaus, a PhD doctor with WebMD. Michael tells us that Sleep deprivation can cause many things in immediacy, such as :

  • Decreased Performance and Alertness: Sleep deprivation induces significant reductions in performance and alertness. Reducing your nighttime sleep by as little as one and a half hours for just one night could result in a reduction of daytime alertness by as much as 32%.
  • Memory and Cognitive Impairment: Decreased alertness and excessive daytime sleepiness impair your memory and your cognitive ability — your ability to think and process information.
  • Stress Relationships: Disruption of a bed partner’s sleep due to a sleep disorder may cause significant problems for the relationship (for example, separate bedrooms, conflicts, moodiness, etc.).
  • Poor Quality of Life: You might, for example, be unable to participate in certain activities that require sustained attention, like going to the movies, seeing your child in a school play, or watching a favorite TV show.
  • Occupational Injury: Excessive sleepiness also contributes to a greater than twofold higher risk of sustaining an occupational injury.
  • Automobile Injury: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates conservatively that each year drowsy driving is responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities.

You don’t want to see the Long Term effects :

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure = dead
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Psychiatric problems, including depression and other mood disorders
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Mental impairment
  • Fetal and childhood growth retardation
  • Injury from accidents
  • Disruption of bed partner’s sleep quality
  • Poor quality of life

OH MY GOSH! WHAT SHOULD I DO TO REVERSE THIS?!

Well, we have a solution for that as well. The Northern Indiana Center for Sleep Medicine suggests:

  • Set a schedule on when to go to sleep and get up
  • 8 hours of sleep is key
  • Same room and same bed EVERY night
  • Do not look at the clock (turn it around)

Need more helpful information? Our friends at the Stanford Sleep Diagnostic Clinic suggest:

  • Sleep only when sleepy.
  • If you can’t sleep, get up and do something boring.
  • Develop sleep rituals to let your body know it’s time to unwind and relax.
  • Take a hot bath 90 minutes before bedtime.
  • Use sunlight in the morning to set or reset your biological clock.
Sleep is very important to learning and life. In order to have the best chance at succeeding in High School and College (and overall life really), one must get the required amount of sleep! Matthew Walker, the director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab at the University of California, Berkeley states in an interview about “The Science of Sleep” on 60 Minutes, that
“Sleep, we’ve been finding, actually can enhance your memories, so that you’ll come back the next day even better than where you were the day before”. 

In addition to rest for your tired body, sleeping allows the brain to engrave what you learned, and enhance your skills of memory. What a notion.

Need to do well on that Chemistry final, but can’t remember the formula to convert a mole to grams? Sleep on it.

It would be great to see what you think about Sleep, or how you set your sleeping pattern. What do you do in the night? – Comment today.

Read more on this!

– http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/03/14/60minutes/main3939721.shtml

– http://www.stateuniversity.com/blog/permalink/Sleep-Deprivation-A-Common-Occurrence-for-College-Students.html

– http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/important-sleep-habits

Comments

  • lol well that’s all well and great but when you’re in college and everyone around you is staying up until 1 am and you have 8 am class it’s pretty much impossible to get 8 hours a night. not to mention keeping a regular sleep pattern when your days arent all the same and no one else around you keeps one either.

    eNovember 16, 2010
  • That’s a valid reason e, it’s very important to remember factors around us can affect our sleeping pattern. It’s also important to think about the benefactor of sleeping. When in College, the battle is with one’s inner self to do well. Sleeping is one way College students can do well (as described by the good effects above).

    Looking forward to hearing more on this topic,

    Umayr

    Umayr SufiDecember 8, 2010

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