A report from The Oracle examines the issue of sleep disorders and sleep deprivation on college campuses.
An article on collegestats.org stated all-nighters are “an accepted part of surviving college,” but warns against the effects of losing sleep. A simple Google search of keywords “sleep” and “finals” generates a slew of articles providing advice on how to get sleep during finals, or at the very least how to recover at the end of it.
However, sleep deprivation isn’t always associated with finals week. For college students, sleepiness is not a rare feeling, and it may be linked to a prevalence of risk for sleep disorders in college students.
On Nov. 27, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine professor Dr. W. Mcdowell Anderson wrote an article for the Tampa Tribune about insomnia, focusing on how it affects certain age groups (mainly the elderly), the medicine used for it and the importance of sleep.
The problem isn’t as small as some might think — about 30 percent of adults show symptoms of insomnia, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Anderson said in the article that insomnia affects 15 percent of the adult population.