Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sweet Slumber

After yet another evening of lackluster rest, I decided that the effects of a lack of sleep would be the subject of my newest blog post.

As I recollected the previous evening's events, which I spent tossing and turning and becoming entangled within bedsheets, I perused Anahod O'Connor New York Times article, which can be found here, where he discussed the topic.

Flu season is drawing near. Shots are $5 at the Student Health Care Center on campus. Advertisements for medicines to fight the illness are filling primetime cable slots.

O'Connor wrote that "studies have demonstrated that poor sleep and susceptibility go hand in hand, and [that] scientists think it could be a reflection of the role sleep plays in maintaining the body's defenses."

As a college student, we often get less than ideal amounts of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation states that as adults (being over 18 years of age), that we need 7-9 hours of sleep every night.


Combine those 7-9 hours with school - homework and studying included, working and socializing with friends, and it seems fairly difficult to meet the bare minimum amount of required sleep.

I polled fellow students to see if the amount of sleep they got on an average night met these requirements.

On most weekdays, it was common to see they would fall asleep anywhere between 1 and 2 a.m., and woke up around 8 a.m. the next morning, averaging about six hours of sleep.

All students fell below the average, and all students claimed they felt groggy for up to three hours after waking.

With the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as swine flu, running rampant around college campuses, getting the proper amount of sleep is something students should consider.

O'Connor's bottom line: Research suggests that poor sleep can increase susceptibility to colds.

More time between the sheets each night equals less time sneezing through Kleeenex as the temperatures drop.

1 comment:

  1. hmmm I usually get about 6 hours sleep so looks like im cutting myself short :s