Research Topic: Sleeping hours and Grades

Chosen Area of Focus: The relationship between sleeping hours and SST Student grades

1. Framing our research topic
Our chosen area of focus is “The relationship between sleeping hours and SST Student grades”. We choose this topic because we wanted to know whether if the sleeping hours of SST Students would affect their grades. Sometime our parents say that we are spending too much time playing and not focusing on our studies. Research found that lesser sleeping hour can affect the grades of a student, even those who stay up all night to study get poorer grades than does who have a good night sleep.

a) Possible reasons for problems related to inefficient and poor grades, some people are spending too much time going out with their friend till late, and still had to do their homework before sleeping and this might affect their attention in school the next day. Playing computer games might be a reason too many people are addicted to games online and sleep very late just to play the game.

a) The advantages is that they can study during the night before of exam(Not recommended)  and get their homework done if needed.

a) Some students spend way too much time on other thing beside studying, I think they should create and timetable and should follow it or maybe their parent can limit them when playing. Their parents can even ban them form using devices that will distract them during the examination period.

1. Reasons for choice of topic
a) We have chosen this topic, as we want to find out more about how inefficient sleep can affect the grades of student in SST

a) This allows us to fulfill the requirements of the project task as the project task looks at sleeping hours from a good and bad point of view, which is also what we will be doing.

a) This topic benefits society as students will be able to time themselves to have enough sleep for the coming exam or not.

1. Feasibility of the research
a) There is a need for our research, as many people do not know when to stop what they are doing or playing and sleep early.

a) It is possible to carry out and complete the project, as there are many students in the school that we can survey on and interview.

a) The proposed course of action is logical and realistic as it can be completed with the help of some students who would be willing to do a survey and with our hardwork and group effort.

1. Manageability of the research
a) The timeline for the different components of the project will be decided later based on the situation then. But overall, the project will be done as quickly and carefully as we can, trying our best not to go out of point and staying as close to the topic as possible.
b) This research provides sufficient opportunity for group work as we will need to discuss a lot of matters regarding the project, for example who will be assign each of our group member to do different jobs. Division of labour.
c) We do anticipate some difficulties along the way, such as poor communication among the group members and lack of data.We hope we can communicate better and get the project done

1. Accessibility of the information required
a) Information/knowledge that will be relevant to our research would be the amount of time people usually spend on social networking websites on average each day.

a) We will be obtaining this information from primary and secondary sources, depending on which one gives more reliable and useful information.

a) Some alternatives that we have thought of would be to ask others for information or where can we find the information that we need.

a) Some problems we anticipate while gathering my materials would be that the information that we can find is not entirely relevant to our project and that that is already the closest piece of information among all others that we have found.

Sleep researchers refer to these early risers as larks (midnight-oil-burners are known as owls), and new data presented this week at the annual Associated Professional Sleep Societies suggest that a student's preferred sleeping schedule has a lot to do with his or her grade-point average in school. In one study, psychologists at Hendrix College in Arkansas found that college freshmen who kept night-owl hours had lower GPAs than early birds. Another group at the University of Pittsburgh revealed that poor sleep habits among high-schoolers led to lower grades, particularly in math. In the study of night owls, psychologist Jennifer Peszka asked a group of 89 incoming Hendrix College freshmen ages 17 to 20 to fill out a questionnaire about their sleep preferences prior to arriving on campus. Regardless of how much they actually slept, Peszka asked them whether they considered themselves owls, larks or, in the case of those who were neither very late or very early sleepers, robins. It's no surprise that poor sleep habits may negatively impact academic performance — anyone who's been exhausted enough to doze off during class knows that's detrimental to learning. And dozens of studies have linked an increase in nightly sleep to better cognition and alertness. The new research, however, goes a step further, quantifying the impact of erratic or inadequate sleep on grades.


  • Set a regular bedtime. Go to bed at the same time every night. Choose a time when you normally feel tired, so that you don’t toss and turn. Try not to break this routine on weekends when it may be tempting to stay up late. If you want to change your bedtime, help your body adjust by making the change in small daily increments, such as 15 minutes earlier or later each day.
  • Wake up at the same time every day. If you’re getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without an alarm. If you need an alarm clock to wake up on time, you may need to set an earlier bedtime. As with your bedtime, try to maintain your regular wake-time even on weekends.
  • Nap to make up for lost sleep. If you need to make up for a few lost hours, opt for a daytime nap rather than sleeping late. This strategy allows you to pay off your sleep debt without disturbing your natural sleep-wake rhythm, which often backfires in insomnia and throws you off for days.
  • Be smart about napping. While taking a nap can be a great way to recharge, especially for older adults, it can make insomnia worse. If insomnia is a problem for you, consider eliminating napping. If you must nap, do it in the early afternoon, and limit it to thirty minutes.
  • Fight after-dinner drowsiness. If you find yourself getting sleepy way before your bedtime, get off the couch and do something mildly stimulating to avoid falling asleep, such as washing the dishes, calling a friend, or getting clothes ready for the next day. If you give in to the drowsiness, you may wake up later in the night and have trouble getting back to sleep.

Blue light from the computer keep people awake and there is a application that can lower the light of the computer as time past helping the user to fall asleep if its very late.
I recommend f.lux as it has been proven to help people to not stay up late.
We know that night-time exposure to blue light keeps people up late. We believe that f.lux adjusts colours in a way that greatly reduces the stimulating effects of blue light at night.
To understand the effects of f.lux on sleep, we've spoken with some researchers, and we've read a whole lot of papers.
The science that explains why blue light keeps you up was begun many years ago in the study of bird migration, and it continued in humans with the discovery of a new photoreceptor in the eye, called Melanopsin. Many are familiar with the "rods and cones" that provide our visual capabilities, but it was only about 15 years ago that retinal ganglion cells containing melanopsin, which are sensitive to a narrow band of blue light in the 460-480nm range, were discovered, and their unique effect on sleep was investigated.

Read more: http://justgetflux.com/research.html#ixzz2dKdAcrv8

If you want to sleep on the desk and light is going into your eye and you are unable to sleep.
Ostrich pillow is all you need as you insert your head into the bag and start sleeping.The user puts their head and hands into the three holes whenever they’re in need of a power nap.

It may sound obvious, but there is a technique for effective sheep counting.
1. Find a quiet location
2. Slip on your Ostrich Pillow
3. Visualise a large group of chubby  sheep all huddled up.
4. Picture a fence and commence counting backwards from ’100′ whilst visualising each sheep jumping over the fence.
5. Don’t be cruel and picture injuries or accidents whilst the sheep try to clear the fence, this is not kind!
6. If you are still awake by the time you get to ’0′, start again and this time do it properly!!!!

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