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Sleep deprivation affects students

Jasmine Williams – Contributor

SLEEP – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, “as a nation, 35% of adults are not getting enough sleep. This comes out to about 84 million adults sleeping less than the recommended 7 or more hours a night.” 

 College students are constantly overworked. Most students work part-time if not full-time and still try to manage a huge work load, while balancing their social life. Focusing on balance, adulting can be intimidating and overwhelming to those who aren’t use to having so many responsibilities. Lack of sleep normally starts to affect grades.  

     According to the national Alliance on Mental Illness, 44% of students experience symptoms of mental health problems, caused by lack of sleep. Anxiety, depression, and poor attitude. Seven hours or more is enough sleep for college students. Those who sleep less may have more health issues compared to those who are getting close to seven hours and above.  

    Danielle Addy, a sophomore here at SCSU majoring in nursing states, “I have no problem sleep wise. I don’t have sleep deprivation; I go to sleep around one or two A.M. leaving me with seven or nine hours of sleep. I haven’t started any of my nursing stuff yet so I’m chilling right now. Working as a desk attendant currently gives me the opportunity to complete most of my work at a reasonable time.” 

  “I do have sleep deprivation; on average, I probably get a good four to five hours of sleep. The college itself stresses me out, I only have morning classes so I have time to work in the afternoon. At my job, we have shifts, actual shifts like first second and third, so I always get off at 11 P.M., Leaving me on average with about an hour to do homework,” says Terieze Naylor. Majoring in Biology and a junior student at SCSU. “I need atleast six hours. I feel like that’s average. More events in general, I think would help because it no longer feels like college. Figure out other ways to get people aware and bigger events. Emails aren’t helping.” 

   “I on average get six hours of sleep, in reality I need eight to be energized enough for the next day, unfortunately, I have responsibilities as a student. The college load itself does stress me out to the point where I lose sleep because I have to make time for other obligations as well as submitting homework before a deadline. I spend nights after class studying or finishing assignments instead of sleeping to be energized for classes. Southern should be able to take stress management classes each semester as a credit course to maintain time management like a “study hall.” There should also be more surveys sent out via email to check on students and make more changes for future Southern students,” said Adrianna  

Corniello, who is a junior majoring in Social work.  

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