Sleep deprivation: consequences for students

J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2011 Sep;49(9):20-5. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20110802-02. Epub 2011 Aug 17.


During the adolescent years, a delayed pattern of the sleep-wake cycle occurs. Many parents and health care providers are not aware that once established, these poor sleep habits can continue into adulthood. Early school hours start a pattern of sleep loss that begins a cycle of daytime sleepiness, which may affect mood, behavior, and increase risk for accidents or injury. These sleep-deprived habits established in adolescence can often lead to problems during college years. Sleep hygiene can be initiated to help break the cycle, along with education and implementation of a strict regimen. Monitoring all adolescents and college-aged students for sleep insufficiency is imperative to improve both academic and emotional well-being.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Humans
  • Safety
  • Sleep Deprivation / nursing
  • Sleep Deprivation / prevention & control*
  • Sleep Disorders, Circadian Rhythm / nursing
  • Sleep Disorders, Circadian Rhythm / prevention & control*
  • Students / psychology*
  • United States