Sleep deprivation plagues the NSU student body
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Sleep deprivation plagues the NSU student body

Published 9/09/15

Kyle Kidd

TNE Writer

It is no secret that sufficient sleep is vital for the proper functions of the human body. As the energy fad of the 21st century brought with it the explosive arrival of the energy drink market, it also took a toll on the sleep habits of college age adults.

“Based off of what I’ve studied throughout college, I would say less than 50 percent of the student body actually gets adequate sleep on a daily basis,” said Panther Cooksey, health and human performance major. “On a scale of 1-10, the importance of adequate sleep for the human body’s mechanical and mental functions sits at a solid nine; without enough sleep, the mental lag can easily affect a student’s academic success.”

Despite this knowledge, many students simply disregard adequate sleep due to the workload that comes with being a full time college student.

“On an average, I would say I get about five hours of sleep per night,” said Matt Truster, Tahlequah sophomore. “I know sleep is very important, and I would love to get eight hours of sleep every night. Unfortunately, balancing school, a full-time job and extracurricular activity makes getting adequate sleep difficult.”

However, many students still strive to attain adequate sleep despite the difficulty of a college workload.

“Although I am a senior in accounting, I still try to get at least seven hours of sleep,” said Julio Rebollar, Preston senior. “I always feel more energetic and alert after nights of adequate sleep, which makes everything so much easier throughout my day.”

Though the college workload can be intense, it is always important for students to strive for the rest their body needs. 

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