Ah, the good ol’ days of college. Who doesn’t look back with longing on the days of partying, drinking (responsibly, of course), and you know, the occasional studying. While those long, sleepless nights of debauchery and/or cramming for exams are fun, they’re not without their negative side effects.
Sleep deprivation takes a toll on the body and mind in insidious and often unseen ways. Today’s college students face many more obstacles between them and a good night’s sleep than many of us did in our college days: marathon Netflix binges, all-night Tinder sessions, and worst of all, the pressures of having to work to pay one’s way through school.
For those reasons and more, many college students today do not get enough sleep. To look into these issues, a recent survey has found this year’s most sleep deprived colleges.
The survey asked 1,300 students at top 50 colleges around the U.S. to report how many days a week they felt tired in their classes. Almost half (43%) of all respondents reported feeling tired in class every single day of the week. A little over a quarter (28%) reported feeling tired most days – between three and five, while 22% said they only feel tired one or two days. Only 6% of all the students who participated in the survey reported rarely feeling tired, or only once a week.
The survey also asked students to report how many hours of sleep each night they got on average. Temple, Bucknell, and Texas Tech universities ranked the worst with an average of only 5.6 hours of sleep a night. That’s more than an hour less than the national average of 6.8 hours of sleep per night. Oregon and the University of Delaware came in first with 7 hours a night, while UNC and CU-Boulder came in second with 6.7 hours each night. The full list of colleges and their students’ sleep habits can be seen here.
The survey also found that 77% of college students believe 8:00 a.m. classes should be abolished. Those results echo a larger conversation throughout the country which is arguing for shifting school hours later in the day to allow students more sleep at night. Do you think schools start too early? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think about students’ sleep habits.
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