The Impact of Stress

The definition of stress is “ a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” On average, most college students get 6-6.9 hours of sleep per night, and an insufficient number of hours of sleep per night may not only impact our moods and health but also GPA.

As college students we all have been accustomed to dealing with not going to sleep until the wee hours of the morning, but studies have proven that this does more harm than good. Lack of sleep can lead to a weakened immune system, increases weight gain and obesity, mental health issues, as well as the extremely important decreased academic performance. Stress in college students can affect the ability to concentrate and the brain is basically fighting against itself when the student is trying to get work done. So even though it may seem like a smarter idea to stay up late to prevent stressing out for the exam in the morning and getting some late minute cramming in, the simple solution to study better and more efficiently is to get between 6 and 8 hours of sleep a night. I promise you that your body and your grades will thank you for it later.

In Sisterhood,

Karin O’Leary

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