Stress is thought to be a college norm. When it is not managed, stress can affect all aspects of your life, especially sleeping habits.
During my tenure as a Changing Carolina Peer Leader at the University of South Carolina, I have worked hard to educate my fellow students about the dangers of unmanaged stress and sleep deprivation. During these presentations I hear comments from students about how little sleep they get or how many all-nighters they pull in a week.
"Stress is thought to be a college norm."
I became concerned because sleep is so important, especially while in college. I was motivated to put on a "De-Stress Fest" event with fellow Changing Carolina Peer Leaders to help my peers overcome the stress of finals. At this event we focused on creative ways students can easily manage their stress. We also gave away copies of The Sleep Revolution and encouraged a discussion about the importance of sleep.
We heard comments from various students about how they do not know how to adopt healthy habits when trying to sleep. Many watched hours of television or studied while in bed. Others stated that on average they only get about four hours of sleep per night.
"When it is not managed, stress can affect all aspects of your life, especially sleeping habits."
If college health centers prioritize "De-Stress Fests" and sleep workshops, they can help students learn how to improve their sleeping habits. When students' sleep improves, their overall quality of life will improve, which will help decrease their stress as well. Our university is working on decreasing the stress of our students, and this event was a step in the right direction. I hope more universities and colleges take on the #SleepRevolution so students across the country can become more successful with sleep habits.