Columbia is the most sleep deprived school in the country
Seriously, can we all just take a nap right now?
Do you love sleeping? Do you really? Go ahead and raise your hand if you think sleeping is one of the most amazing and sublime activities a human can partake in. Did your professor just call on you? Are people in the library awkwardly staring at you now? Good!
Because I call bullshit and so does Jawbone, a company that makes a wearable tech with the ability to measure how many hours of sleep you get built into their products. Jawbone has compiled data (a total of 1.4 million nights of sleep worth) on the sleep habits of college students all over the country.
Data compiled included a student’s average weekday bedtimes and rise times, their average weekend bedtimes and rise times, and how long they actually were asleep.
The data found that Columbia University students have the latest average weekday bedtime at 1:26am and average 6.68 hours of sleep during the week. In a ranking based on the data, Columbia was listed as the single most sleep deprived school in the country.
The only other schools who average less sleep than us are the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force Academies. It’s safe to put them in a category by themselves since the vast majority of you are not getting up when it’s still dark outside to go run five miles.
The study also found that college women in general get significantly more sleep than men do, and typically go to bed earlier as well.
There was a strong correlation between later bedtimes and a school’s US News and World Report’s 2016 college ranking, with Columbia having the latest bedtime and being ranked in the top five.
Maybe our mascot should be changed from the Lions to the Night Owls.