TAMS: Rampant with Sleep Deprivation

College students are the victims.

Studies show students attending college are the most highly sleep deprived people in the nation. While on average, they are supposed to receive eight to nine hours of sleep every night, most students only get about six. A survey among TAMS students shows that most get an average about five to seven hours of sleep every night here at TAMS, while many received seven to eight or more than eight hours of sleep before coming to TAMS.

“The amount of sleep I get varies a lot according to load of school work,” junior, Amy Kupra said, “but in general it’s much less sleep than what I got at my old school.”

But sleep deprivation is not presented without consequences. As victims of sleep deprivation, students experience a lot more than just fatigue. Studies show that students who get less sleep are affected negatively in academic areas. They are more likely to miss class and to fall asleep in class. Furthermore, students who pull all nighters studying for a test are shown to do worse on the test than they would have done if they received the right amount of sleep.

[one_third]“I don’t get enough sleep here at TAMS,” junior, Sahar Mohiuddin said. “And I always get tired in the day, not at night when I should be sleeping.”[/one_third]

Not only are students damaged academically, but there follow many psychological and physical issues. Students experience memory impairment and their amount of stress is amplified, while their temper is shortened. More importantly, students are much more likely to be in an accident that could injure them severely, such as an automobile accident.

In addition to those consequences, many people face medical problems. Sleep deprivation increases the possibility of heart attacks, heart failures, strokes, obesity, and if one is pregnant, it may cause fetal growth retardation. Sleep deprivation also has a strong link with depression. But how can as student know if he is sleep deprived or not? Some people are diagnosed with a disorder called behaviorally induced insufficient sleep syndrome. This is when people unintentionally but voluntarily deprive themselves from sleep. Another disorder is called insomnia, which is the inability of a person to sleep. Some outside causes of sleep deprivation are stress, work, school, and using electronics right before you sleep. In fact, studies show that people who text right before they sleep are less likely to sleep well and more likely to wake up tired, groggy, and still sleepy.

“I feel tired and lazy on days with less sleep.” Junior, Centura Anbarasu said, “But I usually try to make up for this by eating protein-rich foods.” Sleep deprivation is a real and terrible problem. About one in five people in America do not get enough sleep at night. If a person does have sleep deprivation, there are ways to get back on track, and help reduce the effect of the consequences. One way is caffeine. It will keep a person awake and alert. A more helpful way is taking a quick 30 minute or less power nap. Sleeping for longer makes it harder for you to wake up. But the most effective way is to manage time well and sleep at a right time and allow about eight hours of sleep every night.

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