The Influence Of Sleep Deprivation Among College Students

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Many college students at the emerging adult stage experience difficulty managing their sleep cycle, and tend to lose more sleep than they should. First years especially experience this because of the transition from high school to college. They are expected to manage their own time, but many underestimate how demanding classes are and end up losing sleep to irregular sleep schedules, sleep disturbances and day napping (Ye, L., Hutton Johnson et al., 2015). Entering a new school environment requires students to change their usual sleeping routines, which in turn develops insomnia (Pilcheret al., 1997). The lack of sleep affects their cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development.
Sleep is critical for memory connecting, learning,
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(Brown, Buboltz, & Soper, 2001; Machado, Varella, & Andrade, 1998). Sleep deprivation can influence the development of symptoms of depression, including loss of interest, self-criticism, and trouble concentrating. It can also reduce cognitive abilities, such as decision making and critical thinking. SJSU provides on campus resources to aid students with these issues. The SJSU Counseling and Psychological Services can provide counseling and information on how to improve mental health for students who show depressive moods. Depression deals with the cognitive function because it caused by the mind. College students can benefit from going to counseling because it is hard to get over depressive moods alone. Talking to someone can improve cognitive well being. For students who cannot concentrate in class or do not understand the lectures, the Peer Connection can provide tutoring to aid them by explaining the material further. Extra tutoring can improve our critical thinking and ability to focus.Our cognitive functions are important to use in our daily lives to make decisions and think, but we also need to be willingly take …show more content…
Edens (2006) wanted to find the effects of daytime sleepiness (EDS) on academic motivation. They organized a sample of 377 undergraduates enrolled in a psychology class from a large Southeastern university. Students who participated were given a questionnaire called the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) that measures their sleeping habits and duration of EDS. Factors that affect academic motivation, including self-efficacy, goal orientation, and tendency to procrastinate, were also reported. Results reveal that students who had high EDS scores are less motivated to learn new subjects but are more motivated to get the minimum grade to pass. Procrastination became an issue to students who were more sleep deprived versus those who were not. Overall, the article states that students who lack more sleep feel less motivated to perform actions or accomplish specific goals.
In addition, Sadigh, M. R., Himmanen, S. A., and Scepansky, J. A. (2014) investigated the possibility of a relationship between insomnia and anxiety. All one hundred participants were female freshmen college students ages 18-20. Their results demonstrated a clear interrelationship between feelings of anxiety and insomnia. Students who experience less sleep deprivation have less anxiety than those who had lesser sleep qualities. Anxiety can also cause sleep disturbances, including delayed sleep initiation, which decreases quality of sleep even

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