College is the time of all-night cramming for finals and late weekend parties. Between social lives, school assignments and jobs, university students have a lot on their plates. Needless to say, getting enough sleep generally slips through the cracks. However, that long-time trend is beginning to change. Though students may still not be able to get the optimal 8 hours a night, universities are doing more than ever to help out. Some campuses have even gone as far as building nap rooms that look more like a step into the future for their students.
But, before those nap rooms sweep the college campuses of America, just how much sleep does the average student get each night? Jawbone, the makers of a fitness tracking app, took an extensive look at the sleeping habits of students in a study of over 100 universities from the West to East Coast. They found, to no one’s surprise, that students aren’t getting enough shut eye. What is interesting is how America’s universities compare. Check out which school’s students get the most hours to snooze versus which universities have minimal hours of beauty rest. Below are some of the rankings Jawbone discovered:
Latest Weekday Bedtime
|1.||Columbia University||1:26 A.M.|
|2.||University of Pennsylvania||1:22 A.M.|
|3.||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)||1:14 A.M.|
|4.||Carnegie Mellon University||1:13 A.M.|
Lowest Weekday Sleep Hours
|1.||Army/Navy/Coast Guard||6.38 hours|
|2.||Air Force Academy||6.47 hours|
|3.||Columbia University||6.68 hours|
|4.||Case Western Reserve University||6.71 hours|
These numbers may not seem too terrible at first glance and it may seem the college students of America are in fact getting more sleep than assumed. However, Jawbone’s study explained the data further and they believe it’s, unfortunately, not as encouraging as hoped.
“This may appear that students are getting enough sleep,” the study expounded. “However, framed another way, students slept less than seven hours on 46.2% of the nights in this study.”
So, here’s to a future with more college nap rooms and fewer all-nighters. But, perhaps the current trends will simply continue. We may just see a continued future with a new stream of students putting in four years of sleep deprivation and twilight hour essay submissions just in the nick of time. Cheers to sleeping in all summer and winter break to make up for it!