Sleep = Better Grades


College can have a massive effect on the way a student sleeps. Jeffrey Grossman, a professor of materials science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), asked 100 of his Introduction to Solid State Chemistry students to wear a Fitbit activity tracker for an entire semester to study how exercise impacts their sleep and grades. Grossman found that sleep consistency appeared to be just as important as sleep duration and quality in regard to academic performance. Most doctors recommend keeping sleep and rise times consistent throughout the week to avoid disturbing circadian rhythms. His data suggests a uniform pattern may help the brain process and cement new information, potentially resulting in higher grades. Read more about his findings and what they mean for students.

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