(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – If you have a child heading off to college for this first time this fall, you may want to prepare them for a lesson many students find hard to learn. “Learning how to get a good night’s sleep in a dorm can be tough, and if you don’t take steps to get good sleep, it can quickly take a serious toll on your grades and your health,” said Dr. Aneesa Das, a sleep specialist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Too many students go in without a plan, and before they know it, they experience everything from bad grades to illness to weight gain, all tied to sleep issues.”
It’s estimated 70 percent of college students are sleep deprived, which isn’t surprising given their schedules and the fact that college dorms can be hot, noisy and uncomfortable. Dr. Das often meets with students at Ohio State, offering tips on how to keep cool at night and drown out noise in the dorm. She says it’s important for students to develop good habits so they can avoid taking pills to help them sleep or using caffeine to keep them awake.
Ashlee Chadwick, a sophomore at The Ohio State University, says one of the hardest lessons she`s had to learn in college is how to get a good night`s sleep in the dormitory.
Ashlee Chadwick, a sophomore at The Ohio State University, is among the 70 percent of college students who are considered sleep deprived, often as a result of loud, hot and uncomfortable sleeping conditions in college dormitories.
Studies show 70 percent of college students are sleep deprived. Experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say poor sleeping habits and conditions found in dorm rooms can contribute to everything from bad grades to poor health.
Dr. Aneesa Das examines a college student at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Das often meets with incoming students to help them overcome the challenges of getting good sleep while living in the dorms.
Sleep experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say new college students should develop good sleep habits, rather than rely on supplements or stimulants to help them get to sleep or stay awake.