Go Take A Nap


Staff Writer

Have you ever had one of those days when you are just so tired, you can’t seem to get out of bed or do anything productive? Or, you manage to get out of bed, but it takes two or three of those energy drinks to get you feeling like a normal person?

Join the club. Fatigue is a common health issue among college students, but it may be more serious than you think.

According to the Society for Adolescent Medicine, over 60 percent of students are qualified as “poor-quality sleepers.” Some of the reasons for the sleep disturbances were because “bedtimes and rise times were delayed significantly during weekends and students reported frequently taking prescription, over- the-counter and recreational drugs to alter their sleep or wakefulness,” said the society.

This does not include the amount of energy drinks that college students consume on a daily basis.

“Everything in moderation. You should never go overboard with anything. That doesn’t mean don’t have fun. It just means don’t have too much fun,” said sophomore criminal justice major Sean Viola.

The Mayo Clinic also indicates that fatigue may just be a symptom of a bigger medical issue. If you maintain a healthy diet, exercise routine and sleep routine but still have problems with fatigue, it is important to see a doctor about this issue.

The Mayo Clinic stated that “if fatigue has persisted for two or more weeks de- spite making changes, you may have a medical problem that needs further treat- ment,” such as anemia, can- cer, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease, sleep apnea, hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), hypothyroidism (thyroid disorder) and diabetes.

Don’t take your life for granted. You only get one body. Treat it well.

Some of the factors that play heavily into the cause of fatigue in college students are:
• Alcohol use
• Caffeine use
• Excessive physical activity
• Inactivity
• Lack of sleep
• Medications
• Unhealthy eating habits
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Grief
• Stress