When the mind’s need of rest is not met, it accumulates “sleep debt” that cannot be fixed by a single sleep period. “The brain keeps an accurate count of sleep debt for at least two weeks” (Myers, DeWall 107). Many college students experience sleep deprivation which results in fatigue during the day. Whether or not it’s because of roommates, or your own habits, sleep deprivation is a problem. Although sleep is often overlooked and not considered a significant event--since it should normally occur every day--it is a necessity for all humans as well as animals. “It is said that young animals can go longer without food than sleep” (Johnson 88). This statement shows just how important of a role sleep is in life. “Approximately 70% of college students report disturbances in sleep including poor sleep quality, insufficient sleep, and irregular sleep patterns” (DeMartini, Fucito 1164). Most of the time college students experience difficulties with sleep because of their varying schedules. On the weekdays, students will sleep between classes, and stay up late trying to get work done. On the weekends, they stay up late and wake later in the day. “According to the National Sleep Foundation, 59% of adults 18 to 29 years of age describe themselves as night-owls” (Gaultney 91). Our bodies are synchronized with the 24-hour cycle due to the circadian rhythm (Myers, DeWall 100). If students cannot fall asleep early because their “biological clock” is messed up due to stress or other reasons, they cannot get enough sleep by the time the morning comes. Research has shown that typically people who get up earlier perform better in school, have more initiative and are less likely to be depressed (Myers, DeWall 101). Other factors of sleep deprivation could fall into the social category. College students tend to like to enjoy life, and party. This is something a college student can
One of the many arising problems of America’s students is they are becoming sleep deprived. The busy daily schedules of children and teens are not allowing them to get enough sleep. “Less sleep is unhealthy especially with the new research that as teenagers move through teenage years, they need increasing amounts of sleep. Nine hours per night is the necessary amount to avoid behaviors associated with sleep deprivation” (Final Report Summary, 2001). Among other things, sleep deprivation is causing students to sleep during class instead of being awake and aware. When the students are sleeping in class, they are not retaining information being taught to them. Researchers have now proven that the majority of adolescents retain more information later in the day. Contrary to this information, America’s school systems are programmed to begin early in the day, which according to the sleep rhythms of most teenagers, they should still be sleeping.
My physical health is the dimension I’ve chosen that requires a beneficial change. Within this dimension, changing my sleeping habits is my main goal. According to Hershner and Chervin (2014), irregular sleep patterns and sleepiness have a negative impact on a student’s performance, memory, and on their ability to learn
Boerger’s team administered the School Sleep Habit Survey to boarding students attending an independent high school both before and after their school start time was delayed from 8:00 to 8:25 a.m. during the winter term. The delay in school start time was associated with a significant increase in sleep duration on school nights, with the percentage of students getting 8 or more hours of sleep at night jumping from 18 to 44 percent. Once the earlier start time was reinstituted during the spring term, teens went back to their original sleep
Sleep is one of the unavoidable daily-living activities and it is one of the most important factors contributing to a person’s health. A quality sleep is essential for the physical, cognitive and psychological well-being of a person. Learning, memory processing and maintenance of the brain are among the most important functions of sleep. In addition to maintaining the brain, sleep has important roles in controlling the functions of many other body systems. Sleep-related issues are common in today’s society, especially in high school and college students’ populations. “In recent surveys, nearly 75% of university students reported occasional sleep problems such as difficulty in falling asleep, sleep disturbances, delayed sleep phase syndrome and excessive daytime sleepiness” (Altun, Insaf, et al.). These sleep
“Study: Many high school students don’t get enough sleep; performance suffers.” Health & Medicine Week 19 May 2013: 58. Academic Universe: Document. Lexis-Nexis. 13 Nov. 2013
However, the lack of sleep can come from our environment or from ourselves. Cornell graduate student, Rebecca Robins, found that when she researched how students talk about sleep, it was mainly in negative terms over eighty percent of the time (Pope 1). College students have some influence over their sleeping habits, but so can universities. The University of Louisville, for example, is having a “flash nap,” which is like a group of people having a quick nap and some universities even have sleep seminars (Pope 1). Participants in a sleep study took an eighteen-week course on sleep, then were evaluated for sleep improvement, but this test only had a limited number of subjects meaning it was not a reliable study (Hershner & Chervin 80). Furthermore, spreading awareness of sleep does provide a positive outcome, though on a university scale it would be different. Considering that there are thousands of universities all across the country where students are sleep deprived, it is necessary for students to learn how to use their time to receive an adequate amount of
Antigone was willing to die and sacrifice her life so she could give the proper burial to her late brother Polyneices. By being a martyr, she knew that her life was not as important, so dying would not be such a problem for her. “And if I must die, now before it is my time to die, surely this is no hardship” (page 208). Not only did she accept the punishment that Creon had given her, but also the fact her brother had a proper burial and she has no regrets in doing so. “But if I had left my brother in death unburied, I should have suffered, now I do not” (page 208). This quote partially explains further as to why she did what she did. If she hadn’t buried her brother, her conscience would have been telling her that she did the wrong thing, consequently leading to her suffering. Having taken the dangerous action of burying her brother and going against Creon’s orders and knowing the consequences, she must have accepted the fact that her death would not mean much compared to what she was doing for Polyneices. “This death of mine is of no importance” (page 208). This quote shows her understanding and acceptance of the
..., is the faulted factor in the situation. As was explained before, Antigone states that her death “is of no importance” and that the important factor is the denial of a proper burial for Polyneices (“Antigone” 1035 Line 70). The rhetorical devices she uses in her argument improves its overall persuasive strength.
As is indicated in the essay Understanding Adolescents ’ Sleep Pattern and School Performance: a Critical Appraisal, self-reported shortened total sleep time, erratic sleep/wake schedules, late bed and rise times, and poor sleep quality are negatively associated with academic performance for adolescents from middle school through the college years. In this research, not only adolescents, but also pre-adolescents and freshman students in college were involved. After investigating the students’ detailed sleep habits, this research, along with several other researches worldwide, ended up in the same result as described above.
Sleep deprivation, and irregular sleep schedules are particularly common among college students. This is usually common when students decide to start study or do their homework the night before it is due. If losing sleep continues on over a long time it leaves many negative impacts on one’s brain, academic performance, and health. The result of sleep deprivation leaves many negative impacts on one’s brain, academic performance, and health. Studies have shown that the sleep loss results in brain damage. In addition to brain damage there comes the negative outcome such as having hallucinations, seizures, and the Alzheimer’s disease. There also seems to be a significant decrease on the students’ academic performance. Not having the right
Many times people think they can accomplish more if they could eliminate so much sleeping time. However, they are only hurting their productivity if they lose sleep. Two articles deal with the issue of sleep deprivation. The College Student Journal published an article about the grade-point average of college students and sleep length, while U.S. News & World Report produced an article dealing with the lack of
Tsui, Y., & Wing, Y. (2009). A study on the sleep patterns and problems of university business students in Hong Kong. Journal of American College Health, 58(2), 167-176.
Sleep patterns among students attending college seem to not be influenced by class status (freshman, sophomore...). Research shows that more than one third of students described a feeling of fatigue in the daytime and requiring more than 30 minutes before they could fall asleep (Forquer, et al., 2008). Sleep quality indexes are performed to determine a student 's specific sleep problems, so then the researchers are able to give individual teaching sessions to help improve sleep quality if the participant agrees. Scholars