Effects of Insomnia on University Students

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This research plan focuses over the most likely effects of insomnia on the day to day life of a university student. Influential factors like lifestyle, physical health and psychological health, predicts the onset of insomnia into one’s life. These factors in turn disturb the equilibrium of life and helps in understanding insomniac affects on academic performance, social life and psychological well being of a university student. In doing so, one can determine the implication of the research and its applicability to the contemporary context.



In this 21st century, the rapid stride developments of science and technology have undoubtedly made the life of the mob, easy and comfortable. Nevertheless, the psychological stress level has reached its zenith. Certainly it has led to many psychological disorders for instance sleep disorders, schizophrenia, depression and anxiety etc. Among these, sleeping disorder is one of leading issues (Field, Diego, Pelaez, Deeds, and Delgado, 2009). Advameg (2010) explained sleep disorder as a condition characterise by the interruption in the quantity, quality and timing of sleep. Categorically, sleep disorder is divided into Dyssomnias, Parasomnias, Sleep Disorders Associated with Mental, Neurologic, or

Other Medical Disorders, and Proposed Sleep Disorders (American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2001). Recent studies show that sleeping disorders are more prevalent in university students than others (Buboltz, Brown, and Soper, cited by Ellis and Fox, 2004). Most common among these categories is insomnia.


The word “Insomnia” has its roots in Latin word “insomnus”, which basically means lack of sleep (Scott and Judge, 2010). In other words ...

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... negative aspect of insomnia on student’s life. Also the absence of vast literature on insomniac effects on university students makes this subject worth and interesting.

Definition of concepts

Holistic approach: A whole viewpoint of a person about something.

Neurologic: A branch of medical science which deals with nervous system and disorders related to it.

Prevalence: Total number of cases of disease reported in certain sample group.

Cognitive functioning: Medical term used for the processing of thoughts.

Amalgamation: In this framework, it is mixing up of two different things.

Comorbid: A term used for coexistence of unrelated pathological and disease processes.

Serotonergic system: Serotonin is a hormone and neurotransmitter which deals with some physiology of body. In this context, seretonergic system refers to the hormonal regulation.
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