Colleges need to work beyond the classroom to address the non-academic needs of today’s student, beginning with a very basic human need: sleep strategy.
Nine out of ten Americans who suffer from sleep disorders go undiagnosed for 15 years, with an onset typically taking place in their late teens to early twenties the undergraduate college environment is the perfect place to help teach healthy sleep habits that will follow students into their adult life.
If not addressed, these sleep issues escalate into national problems well past college years. They cost lives, money, and the well-being of Americans. Students are currently ignoring this most basic bodily need to pursue the demands of financial needs and academic success.
7 in 10 college students experience sleep problems causing major health complications and reduced learning. These sleep irregulars are a contributing factor the United States rapid decline in secondary education status compared to the rest of the world. Currently, just under 50% of college entrance students drop out before graduation.
If not addressed, sleep problems escalate into national problems well past college years. They cost lives, money, and the well being of Americans. Students are currently ignoring this most basic bodily need to pursue the demands of financial needs and academic success. Although an all night work-a-thon might help get a project done in the short term, studies are showing that work done while tired is neither productive nor inspired. One study showed that cramming all night resulted in the same cognitive impairment as being legally drunk. It is time to look at another sleep paradigm.
Health risks of poor sleep:
- Less effective and slower thinking
- Health problems due to excessive stimulant
- Extreme sleep deprivation
- Lack of awareness of true state of tiredness
- Emotional and physiological effects
- Disorientation and dizziness
- Poor diagnosis rates in sleep disorders
- Daily tasks are impaired
- Obesity and physical problems
- High blood pressure
- Negative mood and behavior
- Decreased productivity
- Safety issues (home, job, and road)
- Disrupted circadian rhythms