Sleep Habits And Academic Performance

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Sleep Habits and Academic Performance
Johnny Christopherson
University of South Dakota Literature Review
Many factors such as self-concept, moods and sleepiness influence the academic performance and motivation of college students. Research collections and recent data have suggested that sleep is very important and beneficial for memory, comprehension, attention, and academic success. This data has uncovered a noticeable relationship between amount and quality of sleep with learning abilities and resulting academic performance. Sleep deprivation can result in sleepiness and impaired neurocognitive and psychomotor performance (AlDabal and BaHammam, 2011). With higher demands being placed on academic performance, students may begin to develop poor sleep and nap patterns, which may in turn negatively impact their school performance. Often students may not even notice that they are on a skewed sleeping pattern or feeling sleep deprived.
Sleep is a very important factor to a human’s well-being, health and behavior. A person’s ability to complete tasks and to remain mentally sharp and focused depends on the amount of sleep to avoid being sleep deprived. The history of sleep research as been traced back to as early as the 19th century. According to a recent National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America Poll, U.S. adults sleep about seven hours every night, a decrease of about two hours per night since the 19th century (Nation Sleep Foundation, 2005). And according to…
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