By Samantha Romero |Staff Writer|
Forty percent of Coyotes claim to have sleep deprivation.
When we were younger it was a constant mantra held by our parents that we needed our sleep and now that we are older, scientists are telling us we need sleep.
Study after study has come out describing just how sleep deprivation affects students in their day-to-day work.
A study done by the National Sleep Foundation said that “‘young adults’—a new category for ages 18-25—may be able to get by sleeping 11 hours a night.”
But which college student can actually achieve that?
Most college students ignore the fact that they are sleep-deprived, saying school work needs to be completed or throw out the popular finals week saying: “sleep is for the weak.”
“I feel pretty sleep deprived, I’ve been getting about three hours of sleep lately,” said student Gustavo Vargas
Vargas said it was due to extracurricular activities in addition to his academics.
The same response was given by student Jasmine Thiara, who added that “more sleep would be great, I’m exhausted.”
With a growing amount of work and studying for those midterms most students will go with the only option that seems available to them: The All-Nighter.
Deciding to pull an all-nighter may seem like the best plan at the time, but just leads to increasingly negative effects on the student’s academic status within their class.
According to a health survey that was completed at the University of Georgia, “students indicate that lack of sleep has impacted their academic performance in a negative way.”
They have made lower grades, missed a paper or project deadline, or had to withdraw from class. Some students rely on staying up most of the night to study.
The Coyote Chronicle surveyed 49 students on campus and approximately 40 percent of those surveyed considered themselves to be sleep-deprived.
Of those who considered themselves sleep-deprived, the most common reasons listed included studying, work, and partying.
While most times work is unavoidable and partying may be as well, studying into the late hours of the night—and eventually the early hours of the morning—may actually be counter-productive to whatever subject you are trying to learn.
Pulling all-nighters can interfere with your ability to learn new material according to a study done by Brown University.
Some students resort to memorizing facts during all-night study sessions and are able to recall the majority of the information through short-term memory for an exam the next day.
But by staying up all night, and only utilizing short term memory, students will most likely have to re-learn the material they just learned for a later cumulative exam.
Lack of sleep doesn’t only affect academics, but also physical health by weakening your immune system as well as your mental health, causing tension, irritability, depression, and confusion.
That test you’re studying for and that paper that took you all night are important, but your overall health stays with you for life and that’s what is most important.