Insomnia on Campus
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Despite the flexibility to snooze at will, many students suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders. If you're having problems sleeping in college, you're definitely not without treatment options. Here, the 411 on fighting the tired bug
Transcript: Having trouble sleeping regularly? So are most of your peers-77% of them, according to the National Sleep...
Having trouble sleeping regularly? So are most of your peers-77% of them, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Insomnia is a serious issue amongst young people. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation found that college students are the demographic most affected by insomnia. This broad-based term simply means the inability to fall asleep, or to remain asleep, for an adequate length of time. Put most of the blame on the varying sleep schedules you keep on the weekends versus the weeknights. Technically, your body sleeps best when you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, which is why college insomnia is worst on Sunday, the "catch-up" night. For the same reason, Wednesday night tends to be the best night for sound sleep across campus. School and socials stressors also take some of the blame for college insomnia, since most students have trouble separating sleep time from worry time. Whatever the reason, a repeat lack of sleep does nothing to bolster your everyday performance and mood, and can wear down your immune system. College insomniacs in the NSF study reported feeling generally irritable, angry, and foggy as they went about their days. They also experienced poor performance in class, a weakened sex drive, and/or an increase in colds, flu, and mono. As such, it's little wonder that many college insomniacs also deal with a depression or anxiety disorder. The good news is that even though insomnia is prevalent on campus, there are treatments that can help. So make an appointment at your campus health center to discuss ways you can start sleeping soundly.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-14 | Tags »
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Sleep deprivation is all too common on your average campus, but does being sleep deprived really hurt you? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Suffering from insomnia in college can lead to reduced concentration and impair your studying efforts.
Transcript: There's a reason that sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture-it's killer on your body. In fact,...
There's a reason that sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture-it's killer on your body. In fact, if you miss enough sleep, it can cause you to drive as erratically as someone who has a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. In other words, missing too much sleep can impair you in much the same way that being intoxicated can. Multiple studies have documented the negative effects that lack of sleep has on brain function. Just one night of missed sleep can significantly dull the centers of your brain responsible for memory, concentration, and language... -meaning that your all night study session might have done more harm than good. And if you continually skimp on sleep, you may experience memory loss, a decreased desire for sex, and reduced tolerance for alcohol. In the end, you'll definitely gain more by catching some zzzs than you will by cramming all night. It's important to be mindful of the impact on all-nighter can have on your body and mind.More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-10 | Tags »
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People diagnosed with major depression, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder can often experience insomnia. Learn about the link between insomnia and mental illness.
Transcript: For people with a mental illness, be it depression, schizophrenia, anxiety or bipolar disorder, living...
For people with a mental illness, be it depression, schizophrenia, anxiety or bipolar disorder, living a healthy, normal life is already challenging. Throw in insomnia and it can be downright impossible! Unfortunately, as many as 80-percent of patients with major depression, 77-percent of people with bipolar disorder, and 70-percent of individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder, also report sleep problems. In cases like this, where a mental illness is already diagnosed, insomnia is usually considered a symptom of the pre-existing condition. This makes sense, as the persistent anxious, depressed, hysterical, and confused thoughts shrouding a mental illness can make it impossible to sleep. But new evidence suggests insomnia may, over time, be a cause of mental illness. In a University of Berkley study, patients were shown a set of disturbing images after 36 hours without sleep. Afterwards, these individuals displayed 60-percent more activity in the brain's emotional center than did the normal, rested group. People who were sleep-deprived had significantly more trouble controlling their emotional responses! Here's the good news: treating a mental illness effectively will often take care of insomnia, too. With few exceptions, this means regular episodes of talk therapy, and some form of prescription medication aimed at the mental illness in question. It's important to note that some meds, like the antidepressant Wellbutrin, may have side effects that cause insomnia. Some doctors will treat insomnia and psychiatric conditions simultaneously. Insomnia medications include Ambien, Rozerem, and Lunesta. Sometimes it's more effective to teach patients good sleep-hygiene, like only spending time in bed for sleeping and sex, and avoiding bright lights, like the TV and computer, beforehand. Despite these effective treatments, an estimated 70-percent of people with insomnia do not talk about sleep with their general practitioners. You don't have to be among them! If you're experiencing recurrent insomnia or abnormal mood symptoms, see a doctor.More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-21 | Tags »
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