The Impact of Quality of Sleep on Academic Performance in University Students: A Cross-Sectional Study of Adults

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Heather Rochelle Raley, BSN
School of Nursing, Murray State University, Murray, KY, USA

Current literature suggests that the most effective method for improving quality of sleep include regulating a consistent sleep schedule throughout the week. But the relationship between quality of sleep and the academic performance of university students is insufficiently addressed in literature. The aim of this research study was to assess the relationship between quality of sleep on academic performance of university students. The study was conducted between January 2015 and February 2015 at a mid-size university in the South, and included a systemic random sample of students from all student classification levels (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior) currently enrolled in courses. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to assess demographics; a sleep profile including sleep duration, sleep environment variables, daytime sleepiness, and the use of sleep remedies; and an academic profile including number of enrolled courses, and current cumulative GPA. This study will report findings that most university students report that they feel they do not get a sufficient amount of sleep and they frequently experience daytime sleepiness.