You are here to be a student, but we know that there is much more to your day to day life than going to class and working on homework. The Health & Wellness Unit has a wide variety of services and resources available to meet your general health needs. We have provided, below, some information on some of the most common general health topics. If the information you are seeking is not listed please feel free to contact us, 701-777-2097, UND.hwhub@UND.edu. You are also welcome to browse our Quick Links, which will lead you to credible websites.
Here are the top ten things UND students say impact their academic success:
- Sleep difficulties
- Cold/flu/sore throat
- Concern for a troubled friend/family member
- Internet use/computer games
- Relationship difficulties
You may have heard that college is all about getting little sleep, taking naps, and drinking tons of coffee and energy drinks. Some may choose to make these choices, but it certainly is not a requirement for graduation! In fact, you will likely perform better academically if you make sure to get enough sleep (which likely will mean consuming caffeine only in moderation).
Here are few tips:
- Keep a sleeping routine by going to bed at the same time, including the weekends. By being consistent with your sleep, your brain will rejuvenate faster and better.
- Make more time for sleeping by getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep.
- Take short naps, but limit them to 20-30 minutes and take them before 3 pm
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before going to bed because these stimulants can disrupt your sleep cycle.
- Adjust the lights, wind down and quiet your mind by a relaxing activity. Try to avoid distracting activities like checking your e-mail, watching TV or talking on the phone.
- Don't go to bed hungry or thirsty; your stomach will keep you up longer. Also, don't go to bed on a full stomach, you may have to get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, only further adding to sleep deprivation.
- Try such calming snacks as milk, yogurt, oatmeal or bananas.
Not getting enough of that needed sleep? You can consider yourself sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation is a prolonged period of time without sleep or insufficient amounts of sleep.
By being sleep deprived, you may:
- Be more susceptible to colds, flu, and other infections
- Forget important information
- Display an increased risk of accidents due to sleepiness and poor coordination
- Experience more emotional problems, including depression and anxiety (hyper link the word 'depression' and 'anxiety' to the same link in the top 12)
- Feel irritable and experience mood swings
- Have a reduced ability to deal with stress
- Show poor judgment, concentration, and an inability to make decisions
- Increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and death
- Age more rapidly
- Pose risk not only to yourself but others around you
Most common symptoms of sleep deprivation include the following:
- Feeling tired or unrested
- Napping often
- Trouble staying awake
- Yawning often
- Blink frequently
- Experience concentration or memory problems
- Experience disconnected thoughts
- Daydream frequently
- Inability to tolerate stress
- In extreme sleep loss, headaches and hallucinations
Sleep deprivation can be caused by a number of behavioral problems like choosing not to sleep, using stimulants that can prevent or disrupt your sleep, or taking many naps throughout the day. An example of this could be staying up late doing homework or studying for exams and not going to sleep. Another cause of sleep loss is a medical condition like insomnia or sleep apnea. In these cases you should contact your doctor to see what treatments are best for you.
Looking for more information? Check out these resources:
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
College Students: Getting Enough Sleep is Vital to Academic Success
11 Reasons Why A Good Night's Sleep is so Important