The Relationship Between Eating Competence, Sleep Behaviors And Quality, And Overweight Status

906 Words Dec 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Relationship of eating competence, sleep behaviors and quality, and overweight status among college students.


Daytime sleepiness, sleep deprivation, and irregular sleep schedules are highly prevalent among college students, as 50% report daytime sleepiness and 70% attain insufficient sleep. Sleepiness is the desire to fall asleep. It is sometimes referred to as drowsiness and typically increases the longer we stay awake. Sleep deprivation is the condition of not having enough sleep, it can be either chronic or acute. A chronic sleep-restricted state can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight loss or weight gain. It adversely affects the brain and cognitive function. The consequences of sleep deprivation and daytime sleepiness are especially problematic to college students and can result in lower grade point averages, increased risk of academic failure, impaired mood, and increased risk of motor vehicle accidents. Most college students sleep for less than 7 hours, when one needs at most eight or more hours. The college experience is of great value in providing emerging adults with a structured environment in which they can gain the knowledge, skills, and independence to chart their own paths, become successful and contribute to the society. Individuals with less sleep tend to be less active during the day, have irregular meal schedules, take more caffeine and nicotine which can be harmful to the body. Students will also be more likely to…

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