posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 10:48 AM
The transition from high school to college can be a stressful one for most people.
While it is true, as one poster pointed out, that once you get into your groove, college is easier than high school, because you're not in class all
day every day, the demands on a college student are considerably different.
One important difference is that generally college students are responsible for themselves in ways they may have never been before. You set your own
schedule within certain limits, you decide when you study and when you play and you're pretty much responsible for getting to class and getting your
assignments in on time.
Also, often college students are away from home for the first time. They are in new settings with unfamiliar people and with a different diet, which
even if one's diet is nutritious, new foods can make us feel differently. On some college campuses, students might have to walk a few miles everyday
with a load of heavy books, which may be new to their routine, as well.
It could very well be that the increase need for sleep is purely physiological based on factors like those mentioned above and your need to adjust,
however an increased need for sleep is also a symptom of depression. Given all those changes that college students go through, psychological effects
are not uncommon.
I would suggest that if your condition does not abate in what you'd consider a reasonable time frame that you talk to a medical or mental health
professional, or even to a trusted teacher.
Whatever you do don't let yourself become overwhelmed before you seek help. Taking care of their own physical and emotional well-being is just
another of those responsibilities that college students are facing probably for the first time in their lives.
[edit on 2009/3/25 by GradyPhilpott]