Madison Thibodeau ‘21, Staff Writer

Ah, sleep. We all need those blissful eight to ten hours of sleep every night. But, wait. We are college students. Therefore, sleep is just something that we do not do for four years or more.

We have all had those late nights because of a random spark of motivation or a due date at midnight or a crazy night in the dorms. Whatever the reason, college students get an average of four to six hours of sleep every night.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, college students should be getting an average of seven to eight hours of sleep per night. We are notorious for being sleep-deprived because of the overwhelming amount of activities on our agendas. Although most college students’ shrug off the persistent nagging about getting more sleep, it is important to understand that sleep really does matter.

Recent research on college students’ sleep patterns has shown that insufficient sleep can influence health, mood, grades, and safety. Stress is directly correlated to the lack of sleep college students’ receive at night. This is because we are struggling to balance the workload of academics, jobs, relationships or friendships, and extracurricular activities.

There is just too much pressure on college students to do so much that sleeping is something that suffers. It is something to keep in mind that sleep is important. Therefore, stop working on the assignment, stop scrolling through social media, or stop fooling around with your roommate, because coffee will not fix everything.