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Sleep

Basic Information

  • More than TWO-THIRDS of students experience problems with excessive drowsiness.
  • 20% of college students pull “all-nighters” at least once a month.
  • Each additional day per week a college student experiences sleep problems raises the probability of dropping a course by 10% and lowers the cumulative GPA by .02.
  • 85% of U.S. college students with sleep problems have not received help from their university health services.
  • Our body regulates sleep just like it does eating, drinking, and breathing.
  • We spend nearly 2/3 of our whole lives sleeping.
  • Sleep is used for recovering from the day’s activities and boosting our immune systems.
  • Good sleep improves concentration, productivity, and problem-solving skills.
  • Irritability
  • Drowsy or depressed moods
  • Fatigue
  • Cravings for unhealthy food
  • Trouble decision making or problem solving
  • Misreading social cues from others
  • Increased risk of accidents

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene is a variety of different practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness.

  • Dim your lights at least 30 minutes before going to bed.
  • Sleep with your room temperature around 67 degrees.
  • Put phone away to avoid blue light or turn blue light off on phone settings.
  • Take a shower or bath before bed.
  • Use items like a sleep mask, ear plugs, blackout curtains, and a book-light.
  • Eating in your bed.
  • Studying in your bed.
  • Looking at phone with blue light on before going to sleep.
  • Drinking caffeine after 12:00 PM.

Videos

Articles

Better sleep habits lead to better college grades: studY

 

Two MIT professors have found a strong relationship between students’ grades and how much sleep they’re getting. What time students go to bed and the consistency of their sleep habits also make a big difference. And no, getting a good night’s sleep just before a big test is not good enough—it takes several nights in a row of good sleep to make a difference. Read More

Sleep Statistics

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Resources

of Auburn students reported sleepiness as a factor of lower academic performance in 2018.

of Auburn Students reported experiencing daytime sleepiness more days than not during an average week.

of Auburn students reported a moderate or significant life problem due to sleepiness in the past week.

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Last modified: 12/13/2019