Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation

Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and depression. Students who are working or studying long hours often experience episodes of sleep deprivation. This can cause daytime sleepiness, sluggishness, and difficulty concentrating or making decisions. Teens and young adults who do not get enough sleep are at risk for problems, such as automobile crashes; poor grades and school performance; depressed moods; and problems with friends, fellow students, and adult relationships. Eating well, being physically active, and getting a good night’s sleep is vital to your well-being.

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Action Steps

  • Review your class, work, study, and play schedule. See what changes need to be made to ensure you get eight hours of sleep each night.
  • Avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine. The stimulating effects of caffeine in coffee, colas, teas, and chocolate can take as long as 8 hours to wear off fully.
  • Have a good sleeping environment. Get rid of anything that might distract you from sleep, such as noises or bright lights.
  • Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day- even on the weekends.
  • See your health provider if you continue to have trouble sleeping.

Sleep and Sleep Disorders
http://www.cdc.gov/features/sleep/

Your Guide to Healthy Sleep  (NIH)
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/sleep/healthysleepfs.pdf