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Running Head: Sleep Deprivation on Academic Success1The Negative Effects of Sleep Deprivation can Affect College Students’ Academic PerformanceNicholas LamPerm#: 3716974University of California, Santa Barbara
Sleep Deprivation on Academic Success2AbstractSleep deprivation is a major concern for most, if not all, students who are attending college. Many undergraduate students are tasked with a heavy academic workload and have extracurricular activities that they partake in that cause them to have a poor sleep schedule. Lack of sleep can negatively impact our cognitive abilities which makes it hard to perform well in academics. The aim of this study is to show that there is a correlation between the average amount of sleep one gets and their academic performance. I took 1000 students in the psychology department at the University of California, Santa Barbara and had them fill out a questionnaire as well as a sleep diary which the participants were instructed to fill out for the entire grading period. The data collected from this was compared to the participants cumulative GPA at the end of the grading period. Some threats to validity for this research include: the age range of the participants, the fact that they were taken from a convenience sample rather than a random sample, and that the questionnaire and sleep diary were self-reported.
Sleep Deprivation on Academic Success3The Negative Effects of Sleep Deprivation can Affect College Students’ Academic Success1.IntroductionSleep deprivation is a major cause for concern in most, if not all, college students across the world. Several studies have shown that adolescents need an average of 8-9 hours of sleep on a nightly basis (Knutsen, Stea, & Torstveit 2014). However, in the US, adults get an average of around 7 hours of sleep on average which is two less hours than what is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation (Arendt, Chiang, Hanisch & Zheng, 2014). College students may even accumulate less sleep than that since they are not only tasked with a heavy academic work load, but some students may even be partaking in extra-curricular activities. Students are tasked with knowing so much information from multiple courses in such a short amount of time. They do not have enough time on their hands to maintain their academic work load and their extracurriculars (if they are in one), so the first thing that will get sacrificed is their sleep. If students do not get an adequate amount of sleep then it will affect their cognitive abilities such aslearning and memory (Azevedo, Gomes, & Tavares, 2011). Learning and memory are abilities that are linked to how well a student performs academically. If a student does not get an adequateamount of sleep, then they will have a tough time trying to learn and memorize the tasks they aregiven. Sleep deprivation is a serious issue that affects college students across the world because of the heavy academic load they are expected to do at a high level as well as other non-academic

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Term
Spring
Professor
Vanessa Woods
Tags
researcher, National Sleep Foundation, Sleep Medicine Reviews

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