According to Campus Mind Works, college students are the most sleep-deprived group of people. Many college students experience instances of insomnia. In fact, in a study from the National Institutes of Health, about 18% of male college students and 30% of female college students had reported that they’ve experienced insomnia within the past three months. In addition, more than a third of adults have admitted to feeling sleepiness during the day time multiple that ends up interfering with work or everyday functions. Why is sleep so important you might wonder?
Sleep deprivation is incredibly common; generally adults need about eight hours or more of sleep a night to function properly. However, the average adult sleeps about less than seven hours a day, which can have a massive impact on school, work, your family, etc. College students specifically tend to have decreased grade point averages when they do not get enough hours of sleep in a night. The reasoning behind this relies on the fact that sleeping can have a big impact on memory and concentration when learning.
As college students, we know that sleeping enough and sleeping effectively is difficult when you live with other students, especially when you share a room. But there are many solutions to preparing your mind and body to sleep at night. Physical exercise is a great source of creating regular sleep patterns, in addition with organizing your body with a normal meal schedule. Taking naps during the day is also another way that we feel ourselves alert and not tired at night, so limiting or cutting out naps completely could certainly help.