Students shouldn’t be using weekends to catch up on lost sleep throughout the week.
Luckily, a solution may be coming to Humber College soon in the form of sleeping lounges in the North campus Student Centre.
A new study conducted at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha, Qatar, shows that losing even 30 minutes of sleep a night during the week can impact a person’s body weight and metabolism and can even lead to the onset or progression of type 2 diabetes over time.
The study discourages the accumulation of sleep debt, or getting less sleep during the week and then attempting to make up for it on the weekend.
Dana Nunes, a registered nurse at Humber, recommends at least seven to eight-and-a-half hours of sleep per night, although she says students often get less than six.
Nunes said some of the side effects from not getting enough sleep are muddled thoughts, poor memory, cardiovascular disease and high stress levels.
Newly elected Humber North president Ahmed Tahir says interest in having a designated sleeping area on campus is high.
“With the Learning Resource Centre opening up, now there’s opportunity for us to actually have the room available,” said Tahir. “We need to get this done.”
Tahir said rooms that are currently used as study areas in the Student Centre might be converted into new sleeping lounges next year.
Angelie Mayne, first year Paralegal student at Humber said she’s concerned that the rooms would be misused.
“I wouldn’t feel safe,” said Mayne, even though she admitted to only getting four or five hours of sleep a night.
But Tahir said the lounge would be kept as clean and safe as possible.
“People sleep around campus regardless, so having a designated quiet, safe, comfortable and clean area is important,” he said.
In the meantime, Nunes stresses the importance of having a regular sleep routine, with a set bedtime and wake-up time each day.
To increase the amount of sleep per night, limit naps to less than 45 minutes a day, avoid caffeine and exercising at least six hours before bed, and ensure the bed is only used for sleep and sex, said Nunes.