Sleep Deprivation Effects

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When most people hear the words “sleep” and “college” uttered from a student, they start to cringe. This is an obstacle that so many of us college students must battle each day as we try to maintain our sanity in our continuous fight against time as we attempt to manage our hectic schedules filled with academics, athletics, arts, work, service, and socialization. Many students have already surrendered to this monumental task and thus have to suffer through the effects of sleep deprivation. Through my various interactions and observations of other students, it has become blatantly obvious how tall of an order it is for college students at Gonzaga University and around the world to fit in an adequate amount of sleep in their already chaotic lives. …show more content…
In fact, according to Shelley D Hershner and Ronald D Chervin who are both workers at the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan, “Daytime sleepiness, sleep deprivation, and irregular sleep schedules are highly prevalent among college students, as 50% report daytime sleepiness and 70% attain insufficient sleep” (Hershner, Chervin). This is a blatant reason for concern and there are a multitude of consequences that result from a lack of sleep. Mainly, “lower grade point averages, increased risk of academic failure, compromised learning, impaired mood, and increased risk of motor vehicle accidents” (Hershner, Chervin). Additionally, these are only a few of the several setbacks that sleep deprivation can have on the livelihoods of students as it can also put a strain on many other aspects of the human body’s functionality. According to the University of Georgia’s University Health Center, “Lack of sleep is associated with both physical and emotional health risks… More illness, such as colds and flu, due to a lowered immune system. …show more content…
Through my personal observations of others on campus, I have noticed how much stress and anxiety are added to a student’s life when they are unable to attain a full night’s rest, and it is a concern that we should desire to learn more about. It should be no surprise that when considering the data from a survey that I attained from Gonzaga University’s Center for Cura Personalis that during March/April 2015 out of 1,100 Gonzaga University respondents, “15% of students report getting information about sleep from GU. 55% said they want information about sleep” (Gonzaga University Center for Cura Personalis). I find it quite gratifying to learn that our campus is aware of this ongoing issue and that students are voicing their worries and a need for action in order to address sleep deprivation. In terms of how consistently Gonzaga students believe that they are experiencing sleep deprivation, it was found that 40% of respondents believe that they are getting enough sleep 4-7 days a week, 52% get enough sleep 1-3 days a week, and 9% never feel they are getting enough sleep to feel well rested. This is truly shocking news to acknowledge the fact that over half the respondents believe that they are getting an adequate amount of sleep only 1-3 days of the week. Even I did not believe that this issue was as serious of a concern on campus as indicated in the survey. Another striking

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