Students need more sleep

Posted Sept. 21, 2007

Marin Hummel
Staff Writer


Most students from the University of La Verne are not getting enough sleep. With the demands of classes, extra curricular activities and the train that goes by the dorms in the middle of the night, most feel that they do not have enough time or peace and quiet to sleep.

“I often have a hard time falling asleep in a new place,” senior psychology major, Amanda Burchill said. “And with my demanding class schedule I feel stressed out and can’t relax enough to get to sleep.”

A study by medical examiners showed that more than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. The National Sleep Foundation also did a survey showing that 60 percent of American women say they only get enough sleep a few nights out of the week.

“I am lucky that I arranged my schedule so that I don’t have any classes till noon,” Burchill said. “That gives me plenty of time to wake up on my own and get ready for class.”

Since most people feel that they are not getting enough sleep, they often turn to sleeping pills for the answer to their problem.

As a result, the sales of sleeping pills has increased more than 60 percent since 2000. This is why last year the sales in the United States for Ambien and Lunesta alone were more than $3 billion.

“I take a sleeping pill before I have a big test, because I get anxious about it and can’t get myself to fall asleep,” Lauren Dillon, a senior business administration major, said.

The Food and Drug Administration, is now putting stronger warnings labels on 13 of the drugs.

This is because with the growing use of sleeping pills the reports of unusual side effects has increased.

“I think it’s a good idea to remind people of the side effects that come with taking sleeping pills,” Dillon said.

”They do alter your state of mind and it makes it unsafe for you to do things like drive until they have worn off,” Dillon said.

Getting enough sleep is important. It allows the body to recharge itself, giving you the energy you need to be alert and attentive the next day. Sleeping pills are a good way to help yourself to get to sleep.
There are risks that go with taking sleeping pills, so you need to read the warning labels carefully.

Make sure that you are allowing yourself enough time from the time you took the pill to when you have to be awake the next day.

Marin Hummel can be reached at mhummel@ulv.edu.

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