Should You Really Stay up Late for That Extra Hour of Studying?

Finals week will soon be upon us, and college students will be all through the night trying to get in those crucial extra study hours in. Students will do anything they can to turn that B+ into an A; but what if I told you that the best way to turn that B+ to an A is to close your books and go to sleep?

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has done significant research into the sleeping schedules of college students. Through this research they have found a direct correlation between the amount of sleep a student gets, and the grades that the student receives.

According to the results of the experiment, nearly 70% of students with GPA’s below 2.4 claim to have trouble sleeping at night. Many of these students claim to also have trouble concentrating during the day.

At Evangel I did a little research myself. I asked a group of ten students to record their average hours of sleep per night, and also record their semester GPA. The results aligned closely with the experiment done by AASM. The students that were getting the most sleep were the same students with the best GPA’s.

While studying is very important, the brain can only retain so much knowledge before it is drained and needs time to properly recover. So put down the books, and get some shut eye.


Author: Josh Ballard

A student at Evangel University.

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