Getting a full 8 hours of sleep a night is much easier said than done--especially if you’re on a college schedule. We took a moment to examine which universities across the U.S. are at the top of their game when it comes to sleep and which ones fall behind.
4.0 Sleepers: While you might think that the colleges who clock in the most hours are based in specific geographic regions, there seems to be a pretty scattered pattern of where our most well-rested collegiates reside. At the top of the class, University of New Hampshire averaged 7.33 hours of sleep per night--a very high score considering most 18-29 year olds get less than 6 hours on a typical night. University of San Diego represented the West Coast with 7.22 hours, and Tulane held high marks with an average of 7.20 hours. Harvard also did well in the ranks with a mean of 7.02 hours. Props to these sleep nerds for getting straight ZZZs!
B+ Sleep Students: A large number of schools rounded out the middle of the list between 6.80 and 7 hours. At the University of Miami, students get an average of 6.98 hours each night. Princeton averaged 6.96 with Emory not far behind at 6.94 hours. Duke students get only slightly less sleep with approximately 6.88 hours a night.
Under the Curve: The most sleep-deprived schools in the U.S. are well known for their competitive academic environments. So while they may be performing well as scholars, their sleep I.Q. falls vastly behind. At UC Irvine, the University of Pennsylvania, and Case Western, the average night’s sleep hovers around just 6.72 hours. Notre Dame showed an average of a mere 6.69 hours per night, but Columbia University barely edges them out with 6.68 hours to earn the (not-so-coveted) title of most sleep-deprived school in America.
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And while these numbers may not be surprising considering the demands of university life, they might very well be concerning. Is the pressure students face to work past their natural limits harmful in the long-term? Or does pulling all-nighters ultimately lead to greater success? Check out Forbes’ article on the sleep patterns of highly successful figures to find out!