Why college students suffer from insomnia.

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Infomercials. They're all you can find at three in the morning to watch on television. After awhile, you find a few programs to watch or you pop in a movie. Night after night you sit in your bed wide awake each time longer than the last. Then you realize you have insomnia, but how you got it is what bothers you. Stress related insomnia can be caused by bad sleep patterns, school, and worries about life. College students are the largest group in the growing community of insomniacs in the nation (Gest).

A college student's schedule is never consistent. Every other day your classes can begin at different times in the morning and of course we students try to sleep as late as possible. Going to bed late does not help either. It shortens the amount of time we sleep. A person above the age of 18 is recommended to have eight hours of sleep (Nguyuen).

I'm lucky to get four or five. Other sleeping habits are bad too like having caffeine before bed, smoking, and exercising. Sodas and cigarettes are about as popular to college students as Ramen noodles. Nicotine and caffeine contain stimulants that keep you awake (shuteye). Exercising stimulates your body and speeds up your heart rate and metabolism making it difficult to sleep.

The pressures of college life can be very stressful at times and lead to many sleepless nights. A lot of the time students are up late because they're doing school work. Essays, lab reports, calculus problems, drawings, and foreign languages can keep us up while stressing to meet the next day's deadline. Maybe if we didn't procrastinate we wouldn't have to stress ourselves all night. However sometimes our schedules are so busy that night time is the only time we...