Students and sleep seem to have an antagonistic relationship. Disruptions in sleep and college life often go together due a combination of stress, coursework and social activities. However, sleep statistics reveal that many students begin experiencing sleep problems before college, and sleep problems in high school students are an issue of increasing concern.
As a nation, Americans do not sleep well. Sleep statistics from the 2002 Sleep in America Poll indicate that adult Americans sleep an average of 6.9 hours a night. In addition, 35 percent of Americans report insomnia every night.
Lack of sleep affects daily activities: 37 percent of Americans report that sleepiness interferes with functioning at least a few days a year. Impaired daily functioning affects work performance, relationships and, in the case of students and sleep, grades.
Sleep statistics concerning sleep and college are grim. A survey at Texas A
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