6 Signs of Sleep Deprivation Students Should Watch For
Not only will there be no one telling you to go to bed on time when you’re at university, you’ll have so many more opportunities to stay up late. For instance, as well as parties and other events, you may fall behind with assignments and need to work into the night to finish on time. The problem with this is it can quickly lead to sleep deprivation, which has serious mental and physical consequences. Knowing the signs of sleep deprivation is important; this way, you’ll be aware of when you need to increase how much you sleep.
1. Falling Asleep Too Easily
It’s normal to take at least a few minutes to fall asleep when you go to bed. If you fall asleep instantly, you’re likely exhausted. Similarly, falling asleep at other times — including on public transport, while watching movies, and in class — is a sign of sleep deprivation.
2. Problems Concentrating
It’s much more difficult to maintain your focus when you’re tired. If you’re finding your classes more challenging than normal or you’re taking longer to complete assignments, it could be because your focus is waning. By increasing the amount of deep sleep you receive every night, you’ll become more alert, improve your memory, increase your productivity, and regain your critical thinking skills.
When you lack enough sleep, your mental health can suffer. In particular, it’s common to become stressed, which can make you feel anxious for no clear reason. This is because your brain struggles to process emotional information, which impacts your mood. Sleeping more is a quick fix to improve your mental health.
4. Poor Skin Quality
The cheapest way to take care of your skin is through sleep. No amount of moisturizer can achieve the same as enough sleep, as your skin is only able to heal and produce more collagen when you’re resting. You’ll also improve your appearance because you’ll have no more puffiness and dark circles under your eyes.
Staying awake for too many hours can prevent your body from producing sufficient vasopressin. This hormone is responsible for preventing dehydration by ensuring you retain more water. This will prevent you from feeling thirsty the next day.
6. Physical Ailments
Sleep deprivation is linked to a number of physical ailments, ranging from weight gain (often due to increased cravings) to aches and pains. You’ll also find you fall sick more easily and it takes you longer to recover.
You may also suffer from sleep deprivation if you’re sharing a room with someone who often comes home late or makes a lot of noise while you’re trying to sleep. The solution to this problem is to move into an apartment with your own room. You can find alternatives for Laurier student housing at Preston House and Bridgeport House. Both properties are just steps from campus, meaning you can sleep in without worrying about being late to class. Better yet, in addition to your own bedroom, you’ll have the luxury of an en suite washroom. Book a tour of the property of your choice.