Sleep is something that people can’t live without. It is what gives us energy to deal with the struggles of everyday life. However, many struggle to get adequate rest. The reason for this is simply because it often feels as if there are not enough hours in the day to get things done. When trying to juggle a great amount of responsibilities, the first thing many sacrifice is sleep. This is especially true for college students.
College students are already stressed out because we are in the time of our lives where the entirety of our future depends on how well we perform. Adding the lack of sleep into the mixture is a recipe for disaster. Though this may be our own faults for juggling so many things at once, it is also the fault of the university for setting these expectations for us.
The reason that we as college students lack sleep is because of the amount of work we have to do each day just to prevent ourselves from drowning in our responsibilities. We spend six to eight hours on our homework to make sure our GPAs don’t drop, and that’s outside of class time. On top of that, most students have to work in order to pay for college, and of course we have to be involved in at least five different clubs to either make friends or make sure we have enough to put on our resumes.
There are simply not enough hours in the day to do all these things to the best of our abilities and still get the recommended eight hours of sleep. We need help from the university in order to do our best, whether that be lessening our load or giving us access to information on how to balance our responsibilities while getting enough sleep. We came to this university to gain the tools to help us succeed. However I cannot learn those tools if I don’t have enough energy due to my lack of sleep.