Insomnia, also known as sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder in which people have trouble sleeping. They may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep as long as desired. Insomnia is typically followed by daytime sleepiness, low energy, and feeling depression. It may result in an increased risk of lower motor skills and problems focusing and learning.
Moving to a new country for a year and leaving one’s family to learn for the year can be stressful. Being thousands of miles away from your comfort zone can cause sleeping problems. Insomnia is prevalent during the gap year, especially during the holidays and the first few school months.
Sometimes, the best cure is time. Everyone needs time to adjust to a new environment and get used to living away from one’s parents. However, when it doesn’t get better over time, we recommend a few things:
It is important to remember that it takes time to get used to living away from home and a new environment. Many of the gap year students have never been away from home for more than a few weeks (summer camps). This can cause them to have insomnia.
Also, the living conditions in the dorms aren’t as good as one’s home. Often the beds are narrow, the mattresses are thinner, and people need to get used to living with roommates. All of these conditions can lead to insomnia and sleeping problems.
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