Our new college bedding study highlights problems with the pillows and mattress pads that college students take to school with them. But, gross fungi aside, it also brings up a very important point — a good night’s sleep increases a student’s chance of success in college exponentially.
Multiple studies have been done on the subject. One, covered here at SleepBetter.org, looked at 60 college-age subjects. The participants were split into two equal groups. In the morning, the first group learned a batch of 30 fake words. They then returned later in the evening to take a test on how well they learned the words. Meanwhile, the second group studied the same phony words at nighttime. This group did not complete their vocabulary test until the following morning after a full night’s sleep.
Once the tests were scored, researchers found that the subjects who slept after learning the new words performed much better than those who were awake throughout the day.
By entering a deep sleep, your brain is better able to establish connections between new facts and previous knowledge. Since learning new things and applying connections is what college is all about, it only stands to reason that sleep and attending college should go together like two peas in a pod.
Here are some recommendations from an article we published last year called Five Tips to Help College Students Sleep Better:
After reading about our college bedding story, are you freaked out about what’s inside your pillow? Be sure to check out our article on how to clean your pillow!