Sleep for Success: The Vital Role of Sleep Hygiene in College Students


Sleep plays a pivotal role in student success, affecting academic performance, and overall physical and emotional well-being. By improving student awareness of sleep hygiene and addressing deficiencies in quantity and quality, educators may be able to help students succeed. This workshop will examine the relationship between sleep and students' achievements, emphasizing the importance of optimizing sleep patterns for academic and personal advancement.

Numerous studies have highlighted the detrimental effects of insufficient sleep on intellectual abilities, memory consolidation, and attention span. The sleep architecture of students is often disrupted due to factors like irregular schedules, academic demands, and extracurricular commitments. This results in sleep deprivation, affecting their ability to absorb and retain information effectively. Academic performance is also significantly influenced by sleep quality and duration. Students with consistent sleep patterns tend to excel in the classroom compared to their sleep-deprived peers. Additionally, adequate sleep fosters emotional stability, reducing stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms.

Prioritizing sleep hygiene and awareness can empower students to optimize their academic performance, mental health, and overall quality of life. This presentation explores evidence-based strategies to enhance sleep quantity and quality among students, including maintaining regular sleep schedules, creating a sleep-conducive environment, stimulus control, and adopting relaxation techniques. The provision of sleep education and support services within educational institutions will also be discussed.

Author Information
Hazel Anderson, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences, United States
Brad Mensen, Clarke University, United States

Paper Information
Conference: IICE2024
Stream: Higher education

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Posted by James Alexander Gordon