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Sleep deprivation is a common and significant condition among college students. Students who are working and studying long hours experience episodes of sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep can lead to difficulty concentrating and difficulty in making decisions, and can aggravate depression. Students who do not get enough sleep are at risk for problems such as automobile crashes, poor grades and poor school performance. Eating well, being physically active and getting a good night’s sleep is vital to your well-being.

Action steps

  • Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day – even on the weekends.
  • Review your class, work, study, and play schedules. See what changes need to be made to ensure you get eight hours of sleep each night.
  • Have a good sleeping environment. Get rid of anything that might distract you from sleep, such as noise, television, computer or bright lights.
  • Avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine. The stimulating effects of caffeine in coffee, colas, teas, and chocolate can take as long as eight hours to wear off fully.

You can also call Student Health Services at 805-437-8828 to make an appointment with one of our providers if you need personalized counseling on fatigue and sleep disorders.