Sleep and Substance Use among College Students

Sleep and Substance Use among College Students

A new study published in Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery examined the relationship between poor sleep quality and the use of alcohol and illicit substances among college students.

Study highlights included:

  • Poor sleep quality is a highly prevalent problem among college students.
  • Alcohol and illicit drug use are related to sleep problems.
  • Good sleep quality is a significant protective factor against problematic drug use.
  • Use of illicit drugs predicted insomnia status.

To address both of these significant problems among college students and other young adult populations, prevention specialists should provide programs that connect substance use avoidance with the promotion of sleep and other healthy behaviors.

One such program for young adults is the evidence-based single-session InShape Prevention Plus Wellness intervention:

Another is the parallel SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program for youth:

Both of these unique interventions provide content that integrates the prevention of alcohol and drug use with the promotion of wellness-promoting behaviors, including sleep, healthy eating, physical activity and stress control.

Learn more about Prevention Plus Wellness programs:

Read the full research abstract: 

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