The Study of College Students and Their Sleep Habits Essay

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The blare of the alarm goes off at the early hour of eight thirty in the morning. Tyler, a college freshman, wakes up from his night of sleep. He calculates the hours that he slept and as usual the hours add up to be about five all together. Throughout the course of a week, Tyler averages about thirty-five hours of sleep. Tyler is involved in many activities on campus such as Freshman class council, football, intermurals, and works an average of twenty hours a week. Like most college students, he takes an average 15 hours of course work. During the day he finds himself very fatigued and unmotivated to finish his homework due to his lack of sleep. As the semester comes to an end, he starts to worry about his Grade Point Average because it …show more content…
In the article entitled "Sleep Duration and Self-Reported Type A Behavior: A Replication," Stuart McKelvie (1992) surveyed college students who receive eight hours or less of sleep per night. These surveys observed type A behavior students, which include students who are more devoted to studying, showing up for class, and being involved in other various activities. In a repeated study of the Hicks study from 1979, three hundred and eleven undergraduate students were divided into groups of thirty and completed a sleep survey. Regular sleepers indicated that they had received the same amount of sleep for one year and were satisfied with their sleeping patterns. From this group of students the survey study stated that seventy-two irregular sleepers received less than eight hours per night and seventy regular sleepers received more than eight hours per night. Between the two groups of students, test scores did not significantly differ. Both were satisfied with the amount of sleep that they receive each night. This is said to be the reason that their daily lives and grades are not significantly effected by the amount of sleep they receive. Research by Glass suggests the idea that students who lead a hectic college lifestyle on