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Sleepy students stressed about course work

August 13, 2009

Stress about class work, not rowdy behavior, is keeping most of America's college students from getting a good night's sleep, according to a new study.

College students, the study notes, have “chronically restricted sleep.” Only around 30 percent of the students surveyed reported that they were getting at least eight hours of sleep, as most physicians recommend for young adults.

The study, published in the latest edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health, draws its conclusions from a survey of 1,125 students between the ages of 17 and 24 attending an unidentified “urban Midwestern university.”

Sixty-eight percent of the college students surveyed reported that “stress” was the factor that “most interferes with initiating sleep.”

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