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Sleep and Student Achievement

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  • Eric R Eide

    (Department of Economics, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, USA. E-mails: showalter@byu.edu; eide@byu.edu)

  • Mark H Showalter

    (Department of Economics, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, USA. E-mails: showalter@byu.edu; eide@byu.edu)

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    We explore the relationship between sleep and student performance on standardized tests. We model test scores as a nonlinear function of sleep, which allows us to compute the hours of sleep associated with maximum test scores. We refer to this as “optimal” hours of sleep. We also evaluate how the sleep and student performance relationship changes with age. We use the Panel Study of Income Dynamics-Child Development Supplement, which includes excellent control variables that are not usually available in sleep studies. We find a statistically significant relationship between sleep and test scores. We also find that optimal hours of sleep decline with age.

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    Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 38 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 512-524

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    1. Eleonora Patacchini & Xiaodong Liu & Edoardo Rainone, 2013. "The Allocation of Time in Sleep: A Social Network Model with Sampled Data," Center for Policy Research Working Papers 162, Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

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