Causes of Sleep Loss Among College Students

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Hygiene refers to the habits one might need in order to get a good night’s sleep.

Here are a few helpful tips to help you practice good sleep hygiene:


Alcohol is a stimulant frequently used by college students to help them sleep, and although the effects of alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, it reduces the amount of REM sleep you will get throughout the night.

Caffeine/Energy Drinks

The effects of caffeine can last up to 7 hours but are different from person to person. If you are having trouble falling asleep, avoid drinks such as coffee, sodas, energy drinks, or any beverage containing caffeine in the afternoon.

Because caffeine is a stimulant, most people use it after waking up in the morning or to remain alert during the day. While it is important to note that caffeine cannot replace sleep, it can temporarily make us feel more alert by blocking sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and increasing adrenaline production.

For more information: Caffeine and Sleep


Not all people are affected by technology the same before bed, however the bright screen light from devices can cause increased alertness, activities on such devices can be stimulating and make us less ready to sleep, and people can become absorbed and continue using technology beyond their usual bedtime.

For more information: Technology and Sleep


UCF Resources

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