Poor Academic Performance Linked to Irregular Sleeping Patterns

Poor Academic Performance Linked to Irregular Sleeping Patterns

Brigham and Women’s hospital set out to define the correlation between academic performance in college students and their sleep patterns. Using the sample body of sixty-one full-time Harvard Undergraduate students, the study examined the sleep processes of the students over the course of thirty days and paired the results to their performance over one semester.

What was found through examination of the study is that it should be just as important for you to go to sleep and wake up around the same times each day, as it is that you receive the adequate number of hours of sleep. It was found that variance in your sleep regularity disorganizes the bodies biological clock and presents a less alert brain functionality at times when students feel they are ‘awake.’ This was determined to lead to less retention, and therefore, worse performance academically. The findings over the course of the study indicated direct correlation between irregular sleep fluctuations and grade point average, as well as, an unhealthy delay in the release of melatonin. The complete findings are published in the June 12 issue of Scientific Reports. The overall conclusion of the study put on by the doctors of Brigham and Women’s hospital opens your eyes to new ideas behind, not just getting more sleep, but having a more organized sleep schedule.

Key Points

  • 1Health, performance and cognitive function all hinge on your sleep.
  • 2Delayed release of melatonin can affect how well you wake up.
  • 3A regular sleep schedule is good for everyone, no matter what age you are.

He notes that sleep regularity may be an importable modifiable factor that is separate from sleep duration.


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