Sleep Disorders effect College Kids

Hayley McG.,  Lansingburgh High School

Sleeping disorders is affecting more and more people every year. College kids are a large part of the population that is being effected by sleeping disorder. There are many types of sleeping disorders but there are a few common types that a person is likely to develop. The first disorder is insomnia which is when a person has problems falling and staying asleep. Another is Obstructive sleep apnea which is intermittent airflow backstage during sleep. The final most common sleep disorder is sleep walking which is when a person will get up and walk around while sleeping. Sleep walking can be very dangerous because a person isn’t in their right state of mind and can possibly hurt themselves or others. Most college kids receive around 6 hours of sleep when 6-10 hours is recommended for young adults and adults. There are many negative effects of not being able to sleep well. A few consequences that affect people with minimum sleep are more illness, such as colds and flu; feeling stressed out, increased weight gain, lower academic performance and increased the chances of developing depression and anxiety. Another unfortunate effect of sleeping disorders is the chances of automobile accidents will increase greatly because some people will drive even though their full attention isn’t with them. Many students’ grades will suffer severely due to lack of sleep. Many students will be late to class or not even show up. Other students will hand in their assignments late or turn them in but not with 100% effort.  Students test scores may also plummet due to the fact of memory loss. When a person is lacking sleep, memorizing things becomes a much more difficult task. There are many steps to take to establish a good sleeping routine. Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool, sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime will help you fall asleep better. Exercising is also a great method to help you fall asleep. Working out will make you tired, healthy, and improve your daily life! One should also avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before bed. If a person feels very sleep deprived, they should visit a doctor soon to see if maybe they have a sleeping disorder. There are many signs that a person has developed a sleeping disorder. Some of the warning signs to look about for include, having trouble getting to sleep or wake up frequently during the night for a period of several weeks. Having nightmares or night terrors that interrupt your sleep can be a big sign of sleeping disorders. Having been told by someone that you stop breathing during sleep, especially if you have morning headaches or fall asleep easily during the day is a sign that a person would need to see a doctor as soon as possible. Sleeping disorders are common but there are many things a person can do to try and prevent them from affecting their lifestyle.

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