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Am J Pharm Educ. 2015 Jun 25;79(5):63. doi: 10.5688/ajpe79563.

Sleep Duration and Academic Performance Among Student Pharmacists.

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Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn, Alabama.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify sleep patterns and frequency of daytime sleepiness and to assess the association between sleep duration and academic performance among student pharmacists.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional design was used. An anonymous self-administered paper questionnaire was administered to first-year through third-year students at a pharmacy school.

RESULTS:

Questionnaires were completed by 364 student pharmacists (79.4% response rate and 93.8% cooperation rate). More than half of student pharmacists obtained less than 7 hours of sleep at night during a typical school week (54.7%) and a large majority on the night prior to an examination (81.7%). Almost half (47.8%) felt daytime sleepiness almost every day. Longer sleep duration the night prior to an examination was associated with higher course grades and semester grade point averages (GPAs).

CONCLUSION:

A majority of student pharmacists had suboptimal durations of sleep, defined as fewer than 7 hours. Adequate sleep the night prior to an examination was positively associated with student course grades and semester GPAs.

KEYWORDS:

academic performance; grade; pharmacy; sleep; students

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PMID:
26396272
PMCID:
PMC4571043
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe79563
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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