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The Sleep Condition That’s Hurting College Students’ Health

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December 5, 2019 | Categories: ,

A growing number of studies confirm what parents and teachers have known for generations: Good sleep is vitally important for college students. (Sleep deprived? Here’s how it’s hurting those around you.)

How Poor Sleep Impacts College Students’ Health

In the past decade, the field of sleep medicine has made great progress in recognizing the link between a student’s quality and quantity of sleep and their daytime function, said Dr. Nitun Verma, medical director of the Washington Township Center for Sleep Disorders. “How a person sleeps has a tremendous impact on cognitive performance including learning, memory, and overall health.”

According to a 2010 University of North Carolina study in the Journal of American College Health, roughly 4 percent of college students have sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous disorder wherein a person repeatedly stops and starts breathing while sleeping. And because sleep apnea doesn’t allow for a restful night’s sleep, it can leave college kids feeling fatigued and groggy all day long. (Sleep apnea could even effect your libido.)

Sleep apnea often can be treated with continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine. “This is historically the safest and most effective treatment,” Verma said.

But sometimes it just isn’t a good fit with college students who are self-conscious or embarrassed about requiring a CPAP. In those cases, a doctor may consider prescribing a dental jaw advancement appliance, which moves the jaw forward and allows better air flow, for those with mild sleep apnea. (This golden spice could help you fall asleep faster, too.)

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