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Final year students who don't get eight hours of sleep each night are 40 per cent less likely to graduate, according to a study.
Sleep deprivation was found to be linked to a lower grade point average (GPA), therefore reducing the likelihood of graduating.
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However, sleep-deprived freshman students - those in their first year - don't face missing out on a degree by having bad sleeping habits, as long as they are fixed by their final year.
Researchers say sleep deprivation is common among students, who often juggle studying and socialising with a part-time job.
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Sleep deprivation slows learning, impacts memory, and makes students more likely to skip class in order to catch up with sleep, they said.
Researchers from Montclair State University and Rutgers Universality were behind the study of 7,000 people.
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Around half were college students with GPA information. The rest of the volunteers had already graduated.
The freshmen had a follow-up interview every year, allowing researchers to analyse their sleep during their entire time at university.
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In each wave, students were quizzed on how sleep deprived they felt, if they worked, and how their health was.
They were asked if they smoked, if they binge drank, how often they exercised, and to rate how they felt on a 'purpose of life scale'.
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The student's end-of-semester GPA from the school was also obtained, for the study published in Preventive Medicine by Elsevier.
Details on whether the volunteers graduated was also recorded by the scientists, led by by Dr Wei-Lin Chen.
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Forty-two per cent of respondents reported chronic sleep deprivation in the spring of their freshman year.
The term is generally defined as obtaining inadequate sleep to support adequate daytime alertness.
While the amount...
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