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Research Essay Postsecondary Education and Sleep: The effect of sleep deficit on UBC students’ wellbeing and academic performance The effects of sleep deficit on the average college students’ wellbeing is the focus of this study. In “Sleep; Enhancing Bedtime Performance”, Michael McNeil outlines how college students have been glorifying the ideas of “all-nighters” and being “busy” which hinders the quality and quantity of sleep they get thus, hindering their wellbeing. (167). McNeil stresses that postsecondary students should get 7-9 hours of restful, disruption-free sleep to enhance academic performance and to improve health (physical and mental), productivity, and wellbeing, however, three-quarter of college students face some kind of sleep problem. (168). According to McNeil, Sleep deficit can impact various factors of a college student’s life; sleep deprivation can hinder relationships, academic performance, and work performance, however, sleep maybe a variable in this case as tension in relationships, bad work and academic performance can hinder sleep (171). McNeil suggests some recommendations such as college faculty using sleep related information in their courses or limiting online access at night time or family members can encourage schedules that include proper sleep and these measures can help postsecondary students to get better quantity and quality of sleep as it positively affects physical and psychological health and improves their overall wellbeing (177, 181). According to McNeil, “Working across the socioecological model, campuses can promote sleep and the associated benefits through intra- and interpersonal efforts, create sleep-promoting campuses (including policies), develop sleep-supportive
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environments, and build a community that values and practices good sleep behaviors (quantity and quality) (182). Even though McNeil made a good argument about sleep in postsecondary students, he only outlines the effects of sleep deficit on the average college students’ wellbeing and academic performance and does not focus on the effects on a particular university’s students and how the university officials are tackling them. This paper will examine the effects of sleep deficit on college students’ wellbeing and academic performance in the University of British Columbia. Pilcher and Walters (2010), Eliasson et al. (2009), and Jenkins et al. (2009) discovered a strong correlation between sleep in college students and their academic performance and also acknowledged various factors that affect the quality and quantity of sleep a college student gets, which is much less than what is recommended and as a result almost three quarter of students indicated sleep problems as well as 50% reported feeling tired in the morning (Jenkins et al. 2009: 113). Furthermore, sleep deprivation of over 24 hours not only results in increased sleepiness and decreased ability to pay attentions, but also affects the problems solving ability which results in negatively affecting their ability to do well in academics (Pilcher and Walters 2010: 121). This paper will look at how UBC
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