Dave+MIDTERM - October 20, 2008 Melodee Lasky, MD Executive...

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October 20, 2008 Melodee Lasky, MD Executive Director Rutgers University Health Services Hurtado Health Center 11 Bishop Place New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Re: The Negative Impact of Poor Sleep Habits on Rutgers Students Dear Dr. Lasky, College students are known for their stereotypically poor sleep habits. These habits tend to be accepted as a standard way of life for students but research suggests that these habits are having a profound negative impact on academic performance and ultimately quality of education received. The mission of Rutgers University is to provide education for the student population and evidence exists that these sleep habits are having detrimental effects on the quality of education received by Rutgers students. Surveys of Rutgers students indicate that vast numbers of students are not receiving proper amounts and quality of sleep. Many of the surveyed students reported that poor sleep had affected their academics. This indicates that poor sleep habits are a serious problem among the general population of Rutgers students and that a plan needs to be implemented to address this problem. As I will explain in detail later, studies have shown that sleep education can lead to improved sleep quality and that programs that actively involve participants, by goal setting and self-monitoring of behavior, can lead to effective long-term improvement in behavior. Currently, the only sleep-related information available on the Rutgers Health Services web site is an information pamphlet on insomnia. This pamphlet contains useful information but is short and I expect that, unfortunately, most of the student population will not read this pamphlet given that the topic is a disorder rather than general sleep practices. As such, I would like to propose that a broader sleep education web site be developed targeted at Rutgers students. This web site will educate visitors about the importance of good sleep and detail the negative implications of poor sleep habits on academic performance. Visitors will be given advice that will help them discover real solutions to the root causes of poor sleep. In order to actively involve visitors and ensure long-term improvement, the web site will have an interactive component that will test sleep knowledge and offer tools to aide self-monitoring of habits. Finally, a marketing campaign will be enacted in order to drive students to the web site. The available research is clear on the negative effects of poor sleep habits. Numerous studies are available that look at the effects of sleep deprivation on attributes important to learning and many of these focus on college students. A study by Pilcher & Walters (1997) measures the performance of two groups of college students on a critical thinking test. One group is given the test following 8 hours of sleep and the other group is
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deprived of sleep for 24 hours, similar to the sort of sleep deprivation that college students might subject themselves to when pulling an all-nighter to cram for an exam. The results show that the sleep deprived group performed significantly worse suggesting
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2011 for the course ENGLISH: C 355:302 taught by Professor Spink during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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