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Personalized Educational Programs Help College Students Improve Sleep Habits
A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine demonstrated that customized sleep education made a positive impact on college students’ sleep habits.
College students frequently have poor sleep habits, including inadequate sleep and inconsistent sleep schedules, which affects academic performance, attention and other aspects of life. A majority of college students do not get the recommended amount of sleep each night. Although college students have a variety of activities competing for their attention, including school work, social obligations and other activities, there is a lack of sleep education programs specifically focused on general college students.
This study focused on one specific program at a Midwestern U.S. University that customized a program based on information on sleeping habits provided by each student and found that after the educational program students kept a more regular sleep schedule and exhibited better sleeping habits, such as using electronics less at bedtime1. The majority of students found the educational program helpful.
This study shows that customized educational programs may help to increase students’ knowledge of sleep and healthy sleep behaviors and in turn promotes healthy sleep habits in these students, which will ultimately result in better performing and functioning students.
1Hershner S, O'Brien LM. The impact of a randomized sleep education intervention for college students. J Clin Sleep Med. 2018;14(3):337–347.