Causes and Effects of Sleep Deprivation on College Students

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Causes and Effects of Sleep Deprivation on College Students According to recent studies by the National Sleep Foundation, 63% of American college students suffer from some sort of sleep deprivation, which is a lack of sufficient sleep to effectively refresh the body, both physically and psychologically. Most college students at one time or another find it difficult to juggle their schoolwork, social life, extracurricular activities, and other responsibilities. Since this is such a prevalent problem across our nation, and being a college student myself, it has led to my interest in researching sleep deprivation in college students. Although most people accept the inevitability of being tired, true sleep deprivation is a complex issue and has both short and long term effects on young adults, specifically college students. My research includes information on the effects of sleeping periodically throughout the day (otherwise known as napping) for a body to get its needed amount of rest and an investigation into if this offers the same benefits that a person gets from sleeping for the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep all at once. While conducting my research, I came across closely related studies, specifically experiments involving high school as well as college students. The sources were unbiased and clearly stated information related to my topic on the effects of sleep deprivation on college students. The criteria used in evaluating and comparing the literature included the amount of information provided that was directly related to the chosen topic, the evidence reviewed, and the type of source. These sources have been chosen from the immense amount of information available on the topic of sleep deprivation in college students in an effort to find trends and consistent biological and psychological results. In an article published by the Journal of American
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