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By Tina O’Toole, Staff Writer
With deadlines fast approaching, a paper due first thing in the morning, and the clock reading 2:30 a.m., you probably missed the fact that March 2-9 is Sleep Awareness Week?
Sleep is “as important to our health and well-being as air, food and water” according to the National Sleep Foundation’s website. Most Americans suffer from a lack of sleep which can lead to a decrease in productivity, strained relationships, health problems, poor grades, and safety concerns on the road.
Many adults juggle roles at work and home leaving them with less time for sleep. College students are greatly affected as they pile on work, social events, and last minute papers at 4:30 a.m. Unfortunately, this can lead to a decline in performance, attendance, metabolism, and mood.
So, how much sleep does the average person need? This can vary by age, health, stress level, and lifestyle. The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours per night for adults. So, next time you feel like you are lagging in energy, find a quiet, comfortable, and dark space where you can get some much needed rest.
There are also many sleep disorders that can affect the amount and the quality of sleep people get including restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and insomnia. If you find your sleep problems go further than late study sessions and too much caffeine, you may want to seek advice from a doctor.
Study hard, and sleep well.