Those of us here at IUSB know all about pulling all-nighters for papers/tests/exams/and projects. Especially this semester, from my experience and from talking with other students. Many students don’t get the required 8hrs of sleep and pull at least one all-nighter a month. According the a study done at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), researchers are trying to determine the long-term effects of sleep deprivation.
“Students underestimate the importance of sleep in their daily lives. They forgo sleep during periods of stress, not realizing that they are sabotaging their physical and mental health… On weeknights, 20 percent of students stay up all night at least once a month and 35 percent stay up until 3 a.m. at least once a week. Twelve percent of poor sleepers miss class three or more times a month or fall asleep in class.” Medical News Today
The article briefly identifies that the effects of sleep deprivation venture more than addiction to sleeping pills or alcohol. Unfortunately there has not been enough research to prove what the effects are.
I know all too well the lack of sleep that I have received this past semester. My sleep habits are actually more extreme than stated above; I’ve actually I had at least one all-nighter a week on top of less than 6hrs of sleep. The problem is with the economy being so bad. Its now common for students to go to school full-time AND work full-time to make ends meet. Then as we enter the world of careers, there are none for college students because we are “over-qualified.” At any rate I am in full agreement that sleep deprivation has lasting effects that as of now are unknown.