Last month we shared a link via our twitter account to an article from The Harvard Law Record about a student who had given up sleep. We thought it was a pretty ridiculous article (you can make up your own mind).
Now today, we came across a report from Queen's Journal about university changing sleeping habits. Although we disagree with the opinion that sleep problems may be down to the fact parents are no longer setting bedtimes (do parents really tell 18 year olds to be in bed by ten?), it would appear that exam and assignment stress could be a contributor.
This all sounds a bit too simple, though. Stress is a part of most of our lives - it doesn't end once we graduate from university. Perhaps the real problem is the fact that students are now away from home (often for the first time), are making their own decisions, and starting to live their own independent lives. This can be stressful, but it can also be confusing. Students might be making bad decisions (excessive partying and drinking, no routines) which contribute to sleeping problems. We don't think you can simply label all student related insomnia as stress-related.
That's just our opinion, though - we'd love to hear yours.
Last updated: April 30, 2010