Revealed: 2017’s most sleep-deprived colleges in America
Let’s ban 8am classes while we’re at it
Temple, Bucknell and Texas Tech are the most sleep-deprived colleges in America, according to a new survey.
Students at those schools sleep for just over five and a half hours per night – around an hour less than the national average of 6.3 hours.
43 percent of students said they feel tired in class every day of the week while 28 percent said they feel tired three to five times a week – 22 percent said a couple of times. Just six percent of respondents said they feel tired rarely or once a week.
See where your college ranks below – the data comes from a survey of over 1300 students across the US who self-reported their sleeping habits. These are the top 50 colleges ranked out of every school in America.
As we reported in our ranking of the most sleep-deprived majors, these findings are nothing new to researchers fighting to ban early morning seminars. Experts say 8am classes are bad for young people's health – if they get less sleep, they're less able to focus.
"That's when you start to see small decrements in performance," explained Dr Michael Breus, a sleep specialist in Los Angeles who spoke to The Tab. "Your reading comprehension will start to slow down and your ability to remember facts. You may even see grade point differences between early morning classes and late afternoon classes."
Dr Breus added his name to the list of experts who say 8ams should be abolished for health reasons. "There's no question they should be banned, removed, never to be seen again."
Our survey also found that 77 percent of students said they would like to see 8ams outlawed.
"College kids sleep like crap," Breus said. "Honestly, it's kind of a miracle you found any college kids who are getting seven hours of sleep."