College students regularly complain of being tired, not getting enough sleep, or not being able to focus on tests.
While this is often brushed off as being a part of the partying lifestyle developed in school, the truth is that it is a problem experienced by thousands.
College students are especially prone to insomnia because of the rigorous demands placed on them by their classes, work schedules, and environment.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, "Someone with insomnia will often take 30 minutes or more to fall asleep and may get only six or fewer hours of sleep for three or more nights a week."
Many people think that insomnia is simply a lack of sleep, but the truth is that there are several types of insomnia, which are all triggered by their own causes.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute sums up the different types perfectly on their website:
“Insomnia can be acute (short-term) or chronic (ongoing). Acute insomnia is common and often is brought on by situations such as stress at work, family pressures, or a traumatic event. Acute insomnia lasts for days or weeks.
"Chronic insomnia lasts for a month or longer. Most cases of chronic insomnia are secondary, which means they are the symptom or side effect of some other problem. Certain medical conditions, medicines, sleep disorders, and substances can cause secondary insomnia.
"In contrast, primary insomnia isn't due to medical problems, medicines, or other substances. It is its own distinct disorder, and its cause isn’t well understood. Many life changes can trigger primary insomnia, including long-lasting stress and emotional upset.”
Not surprisingly, students who suffer from any form of insomnia tend to do worse in the classroom than those who do not have trouble with this issue. Thirty percent of the adult population has insomnia, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).