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Study Says Poor Sleep Affects Student Mental Health


A new study published in the bimonthly academic journal “Annals of Human Biology” claims that about 65.5% of college students have difficulty sleeping, a kind of partial insomnia, and that this affects their mental health. He also claims that female students are more affected by sleep deprivation than their male counterparts. The study is published in the journal under the title: “Poor Quality of Sleep, Excessive Daytime Sleepiness and Association with Mental Health in Students.” The main author of this article is Dr Paulo Rodrigues from the Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

The study results are based on research conducted on 1,113 men and women attending university full time. The paper also claimed that students who exhibited depressive symptoms are four times more likely to be unable to sleep properly compared to others. Of 1,113 students, more than 500 also suffered from excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). It should be mentioned that people with EDS are prone to depression twice.

The study also highlighted the difference between EDS and sleep deprivation in male and female college students, with reports concluding that it has a larger effect on women than on men.

The author also warned that demand for the course is often the trigger point for students as it increases their stress levels from moderate to high and in doing so makes them vulnerable to sleep disturbances.

The sleep disorder often leads to mental health issues and all of this pressure dampens students’ academic performance further. The study also suggests universities and colleges promote good sleep habits, as this will help students both academically and mentally.

The author also warned that lack of sleep contributes to students skipping class, skipping college assignments, and dropping out of class halfway.

Meanwhile, this is not the first study paper, which identified sleep deprivation and EDS among college students. However, very few studies have established the link between poor sleep in college students affecting their mental well-being. The study is derived from data used from 2016 and 2017 and is part of a longitudinal study on the lifestyle and health of university students (ELESEU).

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