Whatever you may think can get in the way of a successful college experience, chances are you won’t think of one of the most important factors: how long and how well you sleep. And not just on weekends, but every day, Monday through Sunday.
Sleep is underrated when it comes to college students. Many treat sleep as a luxury only for the weekends, when it should be treated the same no matter the day of the week. The negative effects of an unfulfilling night of sleep outweigh the benefits of a few more hours of studying.
Although it may seem obvious, sleep is actually a very important step to the studying process. While some students think the more time spent studying and less time spent sleeping will help them perform well on the exam, this is not the case.
Jeffrey Grossman, a professor of materials science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), set out to study how exercise affects college students’ grades. What he found, instead, offers uniquely specific insight into the impact sleep has on academic performance.