Sleep improves overall success

Nurse practitioner discusses the importance of sleep for students

By Rosanna Aguilera
On October 12, 2018

Graphic by Zach Vigil - Minyard

The Resilient Rams continued their success series on Oct. 3 with a lecture on sleep.

The section was titled "Sleep: Yes it Matters," and Toby Redden, family nurse practitioner at the ASU student health clinic, presented.

Redden talked about the importance of sleep, which is a basic human need.

"[The] recommended hours of sleep for college student[s]/young adults is 7-9 hours," Redden said.

Redden also discussed ways to improve quality of sleep and develop good sleeping habits.

She said some patients suffer from insomnia which is when someone has problems falling and staying asleep, which students can also develop.

"Not getting the recommended amount of sleep can have negative repercussions to include distractibility, poor attention span, poor organizational skills, decreased motivation, easily frustrated, irritability, depression and anxiety," Redden said.

Redden said college students are at risk of not getting adequate amount of sleep due to varying class times, demanding work schedules and busy social lives. Sleep is typically a low priority for students.

"However, sleep should become [a] priority too; it improves their overall success," Redden said. Redden said students need to develop a good bedtime routine, have a consistent bedtime and wake schedule, exercise on a regular basis and avoid naps.

Resilient Rams will have another training session to discuss warning signs for distress on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Nasworthy Suite in the UC.

There will be a weekly meeting held Wednesdays to continue the Resilient Rams Success Series.

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