A new study published in Journal of Sleep Research on December 5th indicates sleep problems are more prevalent among young adults, especially students. The study was conducted by a Norwegian college, and included university students in 2010, 2014, and 2018. The results show that both female and male students slept less than recommended during weekdays – less than 7 or around 7 hours. Students met their sleep needs and sleep recommendations at weekends – around 8.5 hours.
The overall prevalence of insomnia among the students who participated in the study was 34.2% for women and 22.2% for men. From 2010 to 2018, sleep problems increased, and were more pronounced in women than men (30.5% women and 22.6% males). Researchers are worried of the very high and increasing prevalence of insomnia in college students. The results may extend on the mental health crisis many students face today. The lead author of the study and prof. of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Sivertsen, empsaizes that sleep problems are equally important as mental health problems or any other health issues, and that sleep deprivation among college students is a severe public health concern.