One student shares how bad her stress gets come exam time. Coping recommendations included.

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2017

Fourth-year University of Alberta student Brooke Taylor* is so stressed out during the school year that she sleeps on average less than five hours a night.

“I started using a sleep app to record what was going on, and I learned that I was talking in my sleep about not getting enough sleep,” she said, laughing.

Laughter (with a heavy dose of dark humour) is one of Taylor’s main coping strategies when her nursing clinical placements, assignments and exams all seem to coalesce.

“My friend and I will joke about how teachers seem to have co-ordinated things, like ‘Oh this week, let’s destroy them.’ When I’m not crying, I’m laughing about the situation.

“I’m also constantly reminding myself that today might suck—and tomorrow, too—but it will get better,” she added. “The reason I am putting myself through this immeasurable crap i...

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