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Running header: Sleep affects academic success1The Effect of Sleep on Student Academic Success at Grossmont CollegeCourtney RoseGrossmont College
Running header: Sleep affects academic success2AbstractWe looked at the following question in our research: how does sleep affect student academicsuccess at Grossmont College? This question is important because getting enough sleep is vitalfor daily functions of life, and students who do not sleep enough typically struggle in school andother areas of their lives. Our convenience sample included 573 students who are currentlyenrolled in at least one course at Grossmont. Using correlational tests, we found that sleep andstudent success are related, and impacted by the following external factors: having children,employment, personal life, number of semesters a student has attended, and extra-curricularactivities. In conclusion, sleep does affect student academic success at Grossmont college, andthe five external factors we tested for all significantly affect sleep.
Running header: Sleep affects academic success3IntroductionIn this study, we were researching the effect of sleep on student academic success, as well as thefactors in a person's life that could possibly affect their sleep. A student's academic success is ahard variable to measure, because it could pertain to so many different things. Academic successcan be measured by a student's GPA, number of units taken, number of semesters it takes toreach an academic goal, etc. Sleep is a known factor that can affect how well college studentsperform, which could influence their overall success in college. This is an important topicbecause it is very underrated—students oftentimes hear that they need to get enough sleep to dowell in school, but it usually isn’t emphasized or explained further than that. Therefore, therearen’t a whole lot of resources given to students pertaining to sleep, but there should be.BackgroundSleep is a very important aspect of a college student’s life. In an article from the AmericanAcademy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) called “College Students: Getting Enough Sleep is Vital toAcademic Success,” the authors at AASM claim that “the best way to maximize performance isto both study and get a good night of sleep” (American Academy of Sleep Medicine [AASM],2017 ).In this article, the AASM interviews Lawrence Epstein, MD, former president of AASMand currently professor at Harvard Medical School, about how sleep deprivation affects studentperformance. He summarized recent studies on the topic and concluded that “ adequate sleep isessential to feeling awake and alert, maintaining good health and work at peak performance…New research also highlights the importance of sleep in learning and memory” (AASM, 2017). Itis clear that sleep is known to have a large effect on academic performance, and that studentswho do not get enough sleep do not perform as well as they would have had they gotten plenty ofsleep. In these studies Dr. Epstein references, the independent variable was the amount of sleep

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