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Sleep Disorders: Sleep Deprivation Effects on College Students

College students, due to their hectic class schedules, never ending assignments, and other school works, can cause them to unwillingly do some major changes into their sleeping schedules, which can develop into sleep disorders. Sleep deprivation and other sleep disorders can affect overall quality of health of college students and other people from all different age groups. Sleep deprivation is really very common in not just college students but to anyone, and to students, they usually call it an “all-nighter” when they deprive their selves from sleep just to finish studying and doing their school works. Students and young people usually do not know what are the effects of depriving their selves from sleep, which is why, they still do all-nighters all the time.

College Student Doing an "All-Nighter"

Sleep Disorders in College Students:

College students believe that when they do not sleep at night, or sleeping way less than the required number of hours every single night can help in finishing and complying with their school assignments is a good way, then they do not really know what sleep deprivation can do to them. Yes, sleep deprivation can help in finishing school works, however, it can lead to a more serious sleep disorders and it can make them perform poorly in school and perform other activities the next day. Getting insufficient sleep at night can make a person groggy, weak, sleepy, and feeling unrefreshed the next day.

Common Effects of Sleep Disorders to College Students:

As mentioned above, sleep deprivation is one of the most common sleep disorders that affect college students, due to their never-ending school works and exams. Some college students do not even know that they are already suffering from sleep disorders. Here are some of the common short-term effects of sleep deprivation to college students:

  • Weight Gain or Weight Loss
  • Poor Performance in School
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Pimples
  • Hand Tremors
  • Memory Lapses
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Dry Skin

If sleep disorders, such as sleep deprivation can cause short-term effects, it can also cause long-term effects, including:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Problems

How to Avoid College Student Sleep Deprivation and Other Sleep Disorders:

  • Avoid doing all-nighters. Never procrastinate with your school works. If you are free during earlier times of the day, do your school works.
  • Stick to your sleep schedule. And make sure you can get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
  • Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages past 2 in the afternoon. If you drink caffeinated beverages past 2, such as coffee, tea, and sodas, can keep you wide awake at night.
  • Never rely on sleeping pills or other medications that can cause drowsiness for your sleep deprivation and other sleep disorders.