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Why Are We Not Getting Enough Sleep?

Disclaimer: When I was in college, I didn’t get much sleep.

I know, news flash right? No, it wasn’t because I was out partying and drinking. The truth is, a huge amount of college students don’t get enough sleep. A study recently found that a full 65% of students sleep less than eight hours a night and only one out of 18 sleep 10 hours.

Why is this the case? Again, partying and drinking? No, this isn’t Animal House, this is real life and the students are not getting enough sleep because of assignment deadlines. They are responsible for several assignments each week, all of which can take a great deal of time. Another study found that during Submission Week, nearly 50 per cent of all students were mostly awake. That means they were running on fumes, with barely any sleep. Reminds me of the time I was taking a certification test and totally fell asleep. Read about it here So much for an IT training degree.

In a week with assignment deadlines, students tend to get between two and five hours sleep per night. In fact, the only night they get five hours is Saturday night, with Friday night coming in second with four hours. On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, they get two hours sleep on average.
Compare that with weeks with no assignment deadlines. On those weeks, students get between three and seven hours sleep. Saturday and Sunday provide the seven hours, with Tuesday coming in second at six hours. Thursday is the worst day, with three hours sleep.

How Do Students Stay Awake?

Coffee. Coffee is good but when you are drinking a lot of it, and not sleeping, you are severely hurting your body. It should come as no surprise that people who sleep less are likely to suffer from more diseases than those who sleep for eight hours a night. Our bodies need rest, and the assignment schedules are crushing our students as they struggle to keep up.

students sleeping hour
from Visual.ly

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