Title

Sleep in STEM Schools

Location

Room A115

Document Type

Presentation

Type

Social Entrepreneurship (SocEnt)

Start Date

11-4-2018 10:00 AM

Abstract

Performance of students in their classes. We noticed that we, personally, have been sleeping less since we came to IMSA, so we decided to investigate. We conducted a survey on STEM students throughout the country in order to look into this further, and we acquired astonishing results. According to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, high schoolers need 9.5 hours of sleep every night. However, students at STEM schools get much less than this recommended amount. Many of these students only get about 6 hours of sleep each night, and this is largely due to the large amount of homework as well as the temptation to spend time with friends. In addition to these two, electronics are a huge distraction. Friends can be harmful at STEM schools because most of these schools are residential, so it is much easier to have a social life at night than at other schools. Stress is another factor for students not being able to focus in class, another effect of the large amounts of homework at STEM schools. In order to combat sleep deprivation, a later start could prove to be effective. In past studies, later starts have been seen to produce phenomenally beneficial results. Also, restricting electronics or creating motivation to finish homework earlier could result in more sleep for all students. With the improvement of time management, more sleep will follow.

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Sleep in STEM Schools

Room A115

Performance of students in their classes. We noticed that we, personally, have been sleeping less since we came to IMSA, so we decided to investigate. We conducted a survey on STEM students throughout the country in order to look into this further, and we acquired astonishing results. According to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, high schoolers need 9.5 hours of sleep every night. However, students at STEM schools get much less than this recommended amount. Many of these students only get about 6 hours of sleep each night, and this is largely due to the large amount of homework as well as the temptation to spend time with friends. In addition to these two, electronics are a huge distraction. Friends can be harmful at STEM schools because most of these schools are residential, so it is much easier to have a social life at night than at other schools. Stress is another factor for students not being able to focus in class, another effect of the large amounts of homework at STEM schools. In order to combat sleep deprivation, a later start could prove to be effective. In past studies, later starts have been seen to produce phenomenally beneficial results. Also, restricting electronics or creating motivation to finish homework earlier could result in more sleep for all students. With the improvement of time management, more sleep will follow.