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Title: Mister Sandman, Bring Me Good Marks! On the Relationship Between Sleep Quality and Academic Achievement
Authors: Baert, Stijn ×
Omey, Eddy
Verhaest, Dieter
Vermeir, Aurélie #
Issue Date: Apr-2015
Publisher: Pergamon
Series Title: Social Science & Medicine vol:130 pages:91-98
Abstract: There is growing evidence that health factors affect tertiary education success in a causal way. This study assesses the effect of sleep quality on academic achievement at university. To this end, we surveyed 804 students about their sleep quality by means of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) before the start of their first exam period in December 2013 at Ghent University. PSQI scores were merged with course marks in this exam period. Instrumenting PSQI scores by sleep quality during secondary education, we find that increasing total sleep quality with one standard deviation leads to 4.85 percentage point higher course marks. Based on this finding, we suggest that higher education providers might be incentivised to invest part of their resources for social facilities in professional support for students with sleep and other health problems.
ISSN: 0277-9536
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Work and Organisation Studies (WOS Bxl), Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
Department of ECON-CEDON, Campus Brussels
× corresponding author
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