College students were the personification of sleep deprivation and low quality sleep. A study wanted to know why that was. This study looked at 290 college students' sleep quality in relation to smoking, social media use, academic performance, and anxiety. Those who were sleep deprived, had irregular sleep schedules, or had poor sleep quality saw an inability to focus, increased use of caffeine and nicotine, extreme irritability and anxiety, drowsiness, and more susceptibility to illness. Any of those symptoms sound familiar?
Most people need about eight hours of sleep per night. Some need more, and some need less, but most people laugh when I ask them if they get anywhere near that. Chronic lack of sleep can contribute to symptoms of metabolic syndrome such as obesity, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes, as well as the inability to fight off disease and infertility due to hormonal imbalances.
How do you know if you're not getting enough sleep?
If you really want to fix this issue, the easy solution is to just sleep more. However, you and I both know that it's not that easy. There's a reason your body is not sleeping like it should, and steps need to be made to reach its full snoozing potential.