A University of Alabama sophomore writes an opinion piece about why it’s important for college students to get more sleep.

With the heavy schedule that most students face today, there is little time left for sleep, especially good sleep. College students should be getting eight to nine hours of sleep per night. However, most students are only getting six, and sometimes they are lucky just to get those six. Far too often, we tell ourselves that it is better to stay up later and get more work done rather than get enough sleep, making ourselves susceptible to the effects of sleep deprivation: daytime drowsiness, moodiness, an increase in stress, anxiety, and depression, poor academic performance, weight gain and an impaired immune system. The list goes on and on. As we enter the second half of this academic semester, UA students will find themselves needing to study more, procrastinating more and sleeping less.