By Alexa Romagnolo
In the quest to balance school, work, sleep and some sort of social life, sacrifices need to be made. College students usually end up making this sacrifice in the same place: sleep. But it can be risky.
A new study released last Thursday revealed that a third of Americans are not getting enough sleep. In particular, only 67 percent of people ages 18 to 24 reported getting seven or more hours of sleep each night.
“Sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress,” says a press release by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Both the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research society classify a good night’s sleep as getting seven or more hours of sleep in a 24-day period.
The CDC also claims that failure to get the proper amount of sleep can lead to performance impairments, such as a loss of work productivity. In the midst of the battle that we call midterms, making it a priority to get seven-plus hours of sleep could be the missing link to you performing at your highest efficiency.
Yes, studying or working into the wee hours of the night sometimes keeps us from getting our golden seven hours. If we are honest, however, we can all confess that even when we finish our work and are exhausted and want to go straight to sleep, we somehow find the time and energy to scroll through our social medias or watch TV for half an hour.
To improve the quantity and the quality of your sleep, Wayne Giles, M.D., director of CDC’s Division of Population Health gives us some tips:
“Lifestyle changes such as going to bed at the same time each night; rising at the same time each morning; and turning off or removing televisions, computers, mobile devices from the bedroom, can help people get the healthy sleep they need.”