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Sleep-Deprived College Students Put Health at Risk

Sleep-Deprived College Students Put Health at Risk

Do those all-night and late-night study sessions leave you feeling sleep deprived? You could be harming your health.

Only an estimated 33 percent of college students get sufficient sleep when school is in session, which means that the vast majority of students are sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation is no fun, of course, but it turns out that insufficient sleep is also harmful to your health.

A person who is sleep deprived is at greater risk for a number of health problems, including heart disease and obesity. And sleep deprivation impacts cognitive function, so staying up all night to study may just hurt you come exam time more than it helps.

This infographic has information on when students are most at risk for sleep deprivation. Below the graphic, check out some tips on how to make the most of the sleep that you’re getting.

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprived? Make the most of the sleep you get!

If you’re functioning on sleep debt, here are a few tips to help you get more quality sleep.

  • Nap when you can. You can even maximize those precious nap times. Read more on how to take the perfect nap.
  • Ditch the TV. Sleeping with the TV on disrupts your sleep cycles. You get better quality sleep in a quiet, dark room. If you do want to watch TV while falling asleep, try setting your TV’s sleep timer to automatically turn off after 60 minutes or so.
  • Set a bedtime routine. You’ll fall asleep faster if you have a bedtime routine. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Maybe you read for 20-30 minutes, brush your teeth, and then crawl into bed. Maybe you take a hot bath at bedtime. Find a routine that helps tell your body that it’s time for rest.
  • Skip the booze. Alcohol messes with your sleep cycles, so sleep sober for more quality sleep.

Any sleep deprived students out there? How do you manage to catch up on sleep?

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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1:24PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

I was left wanting more info - maybe after a nap I'll search Care2 for more articles - zzz - smile.

2:23AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Thank you :)

2:48AM PST on Jan 22, 2014

When I was a student, the work load sometimes meant I needed to do 20 hours work days. So much is packed into courses these days that it's hard not to have to sacrifice sleep to finish assignments.

11:33AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

Thank you Becky, for Sharing this

2:22AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

Thank you :)

12:10PM PST on Jan 20, 2014

If you're sleep deprived anyway, I've found a nap is better than nothing. Thanks.

6:52AM PST on Jan 20, 2014

sleep is very personal..., ths

6:37PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Please give me some tips on how to get a decent sleep with either stress or anxiety!

7:04AM PST on Jan 17, 2014

I can sleep well if no mosquito bites.

7:51AM PST on Jan 15, 2014

There are many suggestions for sleep, over the years I have tried them all.

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