Faculty Spotlight: Impact of Sleep on Wellness

Sleep is important for faculty, staff, and students. Getting an adequate amount of sleep helps faculty and staff perform their job duties to the best of their abilities and helps students participate fully in their education. According to research conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, the following amounts of sleep are recommended for each age group:

  • 18-25 years old: 7-9 hours
  • 25-64 years old: 7-9 hours
  • 65+ years old: 7-8 hours

One recent national study used activity trackers to monitor how much college students sleep – they found that 46.2% of students are not getting enough sleep. Sleep deficiency is a big problem for both students and faculty and staff. It has also been linked to many negative effects on wellness:

  • Increased chance of illness, including colds, the flu, and high blood pressure
  • Feeling stressed and difficulty coping with stress
  • Decreased academic performance
  • Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety
  • Difficulty making decisions, concentrating, and problem solving
  • Impaired general functioning

 

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As faculty and staff you may see students that are experiencing sleep deficiency. Some common signs include: falling asleep in class, inability to focus, irritability, and slower reaction time. If you notice a student that may be having difficulty getting enough sleep, consider talking with them and offering support. More information about how to develop a plan help you sleep well can be found here.

Update (4/2018): Check out this comprehensive and useful guide for how to get a good night's sleep!

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