Who doesn't know it? The alarm clock rings in the morning and you actually want to stay in bed because you went to bed way too late again. You press the snooze button three times and then you struggle to get out of bed.

In the morning: "Today I'm going to bed earlier".


In the evening: "I still have so much to do for university"/"The Netflix series is so exciting right now".

And bang, a cycle is created from which we can hardly get out again. Sleep deprivation and low sleep quality can have significant adverse effects and are often associated with increased stress levels. Signs of poor sleep include daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating and loss of productivity. Sleep complaints are also associated with high stress levels. This can result in negative effects on the cardiovascular system and gastrointestinal tract. A lack of psychological well-being is also associated with sleep problems. All this, of course, is not without consequences for performance in studies. However, not only lack of sleep or low sleep quality, but also increased sleep duration is responsible for reduced study performance.

Results from the University Health Report 2021 indicate that just over one-third of all respondents rate their sleep quality as fairly poor to very poor. In addition, 38.9% report difficulty falling asleep and 39.0% report difficulty staying asleep, with the latter affecting more female students. To cope with sleep problems, a small percentage of RPTU students surveyed (3.1%) take sleeping pills at least once a week.

Therefore, healthy and restful sleep is enormously important for regeneration and for performance in studies and everyday life.


Good to know

Many people suffer from problems falling asleep and staying asleep. Overall, the optimal amount of sleep for adults is about seven hours per night (you can read about this here). However, the TK sleep study found that just under a quarter of adults (24%) in Germany sleep less than six hours per night. Sleep deficits not only lead to reduced daytime performance, but can also have long-term adverse health effects. However, it is also important to emphasize that it is quite normal to wake up sometimes during the night (about 30 times). However, most of the times we do not register it. So you are not directly suffering from sleep disorders if you are awake once in a while during the night.



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