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Life SLEEP
 AND
 HEALTHY
 LIFESTYLE
 

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  Sleep and Healthy Lifestyle National University of Singapore Undergraduates Profile Jiexuan Wang SM2 Group 1 National University of Singapore  
 
 
 
 
 

SLEEP
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Sleep and Healthy Lifestyle National
 University
 of
 Singapore
 Undergraduates
 Profile
 
 
 
 
  Sleeping, along with other healthy life habits has arisen awareness in recent years. As will be stated later, the majority of university undergraduates rarely took healthy living seriously. University students have long been known, as claimed by Dement (1997), to burn the midnight oil and maintain an unhealthy lifestyle, which could be potentially hazardous to their health condition. Apart from dozing off in the class, sleeping deprivation and poor sleeping quality led to many long-term effects on the health conditions. Recently, we conducted a survey among the National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduates to explore their knowledge of healthy lifestyle and sleeping habits (see Appendix A Interview Questions). The research mainly covered the concept of a healthy lifestyle, the sleeping hours and rituals. The aim of this paper is to reveal the general sleeping and healthy lifestyle conditions among NUS undergraduates and to revoke awareness on the healthy lifestyle and sleeping issue. Methodology The primary evidence was collected from our interviews, and several related materials were analyzed as subsidiary resources. We conducted face-to-face interviews and recorded down the responds from respondents. Six faculties were involved in the research, including Faculty of Science, Faculty of Art and Social

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Science, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Business, School of computing and School of design and environment. Because of the limitation of the research method, we have only covered 96 respondents in our research. Results and Discussion This research covers the concept of a healthy lifestyle, sleeping deprivation and other related perspectives. The result is to some extent in accordance with our expectation, but some of the problems of sleeping disorders and deprivation have grabbed our attention. This section will discuss these topics in detail.

Healthy lifestyle concept
  The
 concept
 of
 a
 healthy
 lifestyle
 may
 vary
 according
 to
 different
 people.
  From
 the
 research,
 it
 is
 clear
 that
 sleep,
 nutrition
 and
 exercise
 are
 major
  contributing
 factors,
 with
 some
 of
 the
 respondents
 emphasizing
 the
 importance
  of
 scheduled
 and
 balanced
 lifestyle.
 However,
 they
 could
 only
 give
 an
 idea
 of
 the
  concept
 without
 knowing
 further
 about
 this
 topic.
 The
 following
 Figure
 1
  presents
 an
 idea
 of
 the
 respondents’
 understanding
 of
 healthy
 lifestyle.
 
 
71
  4
  5
  5
  6
  4
  8
  1
  1
 

80
  60
  40
  20
  0
 

42
 

51
 

Figure
 1
 
 Healthy
 lifestyle
 Concept
 of
 NUS
 undergraduates

number
 of
 respondents
 

 

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Sleeping hours

Scientists accentuate the importance of length of sleep, suggesting a six to eight hours of sleep every night. Insufficient sleep may lead to diminishing productivity, tendency to make mistakes and most dangerously, unintended sleep. Figure 2 shows the sleeping hours among the respondents. The percentage of sleep deprivation among NUS undergraduates is sobering. 18 out of 95 respondents stated that they have less than 6 hours of sleep each day, and...
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