Sleep: so good, yet so much missed. A recent report from the National Sleep Foundation found that one-third of the American population isn't getting the recommended seven to eight hours of shut-eye per night.
However, have you ever wondered how that translates to the college population (especially if you haven't quite left your college sleeping habits behind—guilty!)? Luckily, plenty of college-aged students sport fitness trackers (emoji claps all around!), and Jawbone recently took a look at tens of thousands' of their users' data from over 100 U.S. universities to find out how freshman through seniors are sleeping in school. The good news? College kids are sleeping more, on average, than the rest of the population. (Did you knowOral Roberts University became the first university to require its students to wear fitness trackers?)
In the full report released by Jawbone today, the tracking giant found that students get an average of just over seven hours per sleep a night during the week, and nearly seven-and-a-half hours come weekends. And women are sleeping more than men, getting about 23 more minutes of sleep per weeknight and just a smidge over 15 on weekends. (Which may not sound like a lot, but that adds up.) Plus, the ladies are smartly heading to bed almost an hour earlier than the guys. (That's great news considering these Two Reasons Not Getting Enough Sleep Is a Major Problem for Women.)
What's interesting, though, is that Jawbone also found a correlation between a school's degree of academic difficulty and a later bedtime—specifically, the more intensive the school, the later the average bedtimes were. Not totally surprising, right? Students at two Ivy League schools—Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania—tend to hit the sack after everyone else.
Jawbone believes their research reinforces a 2009 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, which concluded that higher general intelligence is associated with night owls. However, keep in mind that general intelligence does not equal higher performance or better grades. Our suggestion? Hit the sack when you can and get at least seven hours of shut eye a night. After all, better sleep has been shown to be key in weight loss, can improve your mood, and will help you live longer. So basically, who run the world? Girls. Girls run the world. Because they get more sleep.