Sleep In High School: A Case Study

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A good night’s sleep for the average teenager is about 8 1/2-10 hours of sleep. There are many psychological and physical problems that can happen because of sleep loss, such as depression, weight gain, and irritability, but can sleep affect one’s grades in school? My theory is that it can, that those who sleep more will have better grades than those who don’t, so I wanted to conduct a survey to find out if this was true. I would so a survey rather than during a case study, which would be specific to one person and their experiences. Or a naturalistic observation, that would study people in their own environment. A survey would reach many people and have a more generalized rule. Sleep is very important for someone to function properly throughout …show more content…
Compiling results from various websites, I found that the average American teen studies six hours a week (50 minutes a day), which was a little above average compared to the rest of the world (4.9 hours a week) (Huffington Post), which answered my first question. The problem with this, however, is that the results are not personalized, so I couldn’t tell who studies how much. For the next answer, the average teenager gets about 7 to 7 1/2 hours of sleep a night (Nationwide Children’s Hospital). This answer is also not very helpful when presented by itself because we don’t know if there were any other factors. Another thing is that teenagers sleep schedules can vary greatly, some people sleep only a couple hours a night, and some sleep more than 8 hours every night. I couldn’t really use my last question about GPA, because it would again have to be specific to someone, so I would really need all three answers together from each person to form a strong hypothesis. But from the information I have, my hypothesis would be that those who sleep an average of eight hours or more a night, will get good grades and do well in school (my positive correlation). Those who sleep very little will get worse grades (negative …show more content…
To fix this, I would have each of them study an hour and a half every night so that everyone is the same. The next one could be differences in age and national study habits, so for this experiment, I would only use teenage Americans, but they will be from different parts of the country and would have to be a couple hundred or so participants to get a good sample. The reason I’m only using Americans, is because other cultures have different study habits. I would also choose students with a wide variety of GPA scores, so as to not get an inaccurate random sample to represent the whole population. Another solution to keep things the same, would be that everyone will be taught the same material, and have the same tests. Of course, there will be limitations to this experiment, because I will have no control over stress or whether or not the participants will pay attention to learning, these may have some sway in the

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