Milwaukee School of Engineering
Counseling Services Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue 3
Sleeping Disorders and Healthy Sleep Hygiene
Marc A. Silva, Intern Counselor, MSOE Counseling Services
Over 100 million Americans are sleep deprived…
Are you one of them?
• Are you finding that you to fight to stay awake during the day?
• Do you awaken frequently at night?
• Do you feel sleepy during the day, even if you sleep the whole night through?
• Do you spend more than nine hours in bed, but still feel like you haven’t gotten enough
• Do you take frequent naps?
• Are you constantly tired and fatigued?
• Do you fall asleep at strange times, such as during meetings, in class, or at the movies?
• Do you find it harder to focus on your work and maintain concentration?
Sleep is a basic necessity of life, just like air, food, and water. Individuals vary on the exact
amount, but typically, young adults require between 7.5 and 9 hours of sleep per 24-hour period.
Trying to balance college coursework, jobs, extracurricular and social activities, and
relationships with family and significant others is challenging at best. Often, sleep is the first to
be sacrificed in order to meet the constant and endless demands placed on the time and energy of
the contemporary college student. Unfortunately, cutting back on sleep can lead to deleterious
Cutting sleep short – even by 1-2 hours a night – leads to sleep deprivation. When we don’t get
enough sleep, every part of our life suffers including school work, jobs, relationships, and our
mental and physical health. Sleep deprivation leads to poor performance, irritability, difficulty
getting along with others, and risk for injury and poor health. It has been implicated as the cause
in a growing number of vehicular fatalities. Here are some quick facts and statistics regarding
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