Admit it, at least once in your life time you’ve pulled an allnighter to study for an exam you had the next day, or those blogs you waited last minute to do…again 🙁 I see snaps from penn states campus story on snapchat of people doing all nighters at the library. Is it truly worth it though? How much does it affect a college students life if they lose a nights sleep? Lets find out 🙂
According to the national institute of health they say the people that are the most sleep deprived are us of course, the college students. “Research at Brown University has found that approximately 11% of students report good sleep, while 73% report sleep problems. ” On average adults should get around eight to ten hours, but do most college students succeed with that…not really. Instead we tend to get 6, maybe even less due to things like sports, work, and studying. These statistics don’t really surprise me as much, because we’re trying to balance out sleep between school and social time. Its very hard to get all three things perfect. I wonder what nights college students had the most sleep issues, in the beginning, middle, or towards the end. Would that change the statistics about the number of hours and the sleep problems.
There are whole bunch of negative effects that sleep deprivation can have on us. For instance our immune system can mess up make us feel shitty. For example when we get a cold, and then out of no where it turns into the flu 🙁 I hate when that happens to me, because it makes me more miserable than I already was. Our mood is another negative that can be caused by a sleepless night . When we don’t get enough sleep , we are cranky and don’t really care for anything. Our mood from a sleepless night can make us miss out on what the teacher said. Memory is shot just like that and won’t be back to normal until we sleep again
Our appearance looks different as well when us college kids don’t get enough beauty sleep. There was this one study done by researcher Tina Sundelin, M.SC who did a correlation study that dealt with participants looking at pictures. There were 40 participants altogether and they had to look at 20 photos. Ten of the photos were of people that had slept for more than required 8 hours of sleep. The other set was of people that didn’t sleep at all during the 24 hour cycle. After looking at the photos they had to describe the folks in the picture. The participants said the ones who got no sleep had bags under their eyes, skin almost like a ghost, ect. One of things I wish they mentioned was the categories for the twenty photos. Was it a mix of kids from freshman to Senior year the participants looked at in the photos or were they all from one class.
From now on I will try to make an effort to making a habit of going to bed at an earlier time. Also I need to stop doing homework till the very last minute. That’s one of the reasons I stay up too late.