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Center for College Sleep

Thank you for your interest in The Center for College Sleep. The University of St. Thomas has decided to discontinue the external facing work of the Center to better align with internal strategic priorities. The Center for College Sleep, the College Sleep Questionnaire and the College Sleep Environmental Scan will no longer be available as external resources.

The American College Health Association identified poor sleep as one of its top health concerns for students and cited better sleep as one of five key benchmarks for improving academic success for its 2020 Healthy Campus campaign. Our own research has found that the detrimental effect of poor sleep on GPA is on par with marijuana use and binge drinking (Hartmann & Prichard, 2014). Poor sleep does more than hinder academic success; insufficient sleep causes accidents, impairs decision-making, and exacerbates psychological and physiological illnesses.

The Center for College Sleep is funded by the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences and Student Affairs.

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for College Sleep is to better understand and improved college sleep by providing rigorous research, educational outreach, and innovative programming.

Why Sleep Matters

  • More than two-thirds of students experience significant problems with excessive drowsiness.
  • More than a third of students fall asleep in class at least once a week.
  • 56.8% get “enough sleep to feel rested” at most only 3 nights a week.
  • 20% pull “all-nighters” at least once a month.
  • One quarter of US college students describe their sleep problems as “traumatic or difficult to handle.”
  • Each additional day per week on average a student experienced sleep problems raises the probability of dropping a course by 10% and lowers the cumulative GPA by .02.
  • US college students with excessive sleepiness are twice as likely to abuse prescription drugs.
  • A person with insufficient sleep is 9 times more likely to experience depression and 17 times more likely to experience anxiety symptoms.
  • A student experiencing sleep difficulties is 3.7 times more likely to seriously consider suicide than a student with healthy sleep.
  • A student diagnosed with insomnia is 11 times more likely to have attempted suicide than a student without an insomnia diagnosis.
  • 85% of U.S. college students with sleep problems have not received help from their university health services.