Photo: Steven Worster / Flickr
Photo: Steven Worster / Flickr

Studies have repeatedly shown that restful sleep is critical to learning and retaining new materials. However, a good number of students don’t get the recommended 7.5 hours of sleep per day.

To track how much students sleep, fitness tracking company Jawbone published data on how many hours students sleep at different universities.

Two things to note about the data. One, we discarded data from military academies because they follow a strict regimen. Two, the total hours of sleep is not necessarily the wake time minus the bedtime, because most people wake up at least once or twice per night. Jawbone tracks when you’re restless at night and doesn’t count that as sleeping time.

Here are the most sleep deprived schools in the United States.


25. New York University

Average sleep: 6.85 hours
Average bedtime: 12:53am
Average waketime: 8:25am

24. Virginia Commonwealth University

Average sleep: 6.85 hours
Average bedtime: 12:55am
Average waketime: 8:26am

23. UCSD

Average sleep: 6.85 hours
Average bedtime: 12:48am
Average waketime: 8:16am

22. MIT

Average sleep: 6.84 hours
Average bedtime: 1:08am
Average waketime: 8:37am

21. UCLA

Average sleep: 6.84 hours
Average bedtime: 12:48am
Average waketime: 8:15am

20. Virginia Tech

Average sleep: 6.83 hours
Average bedtime: 12:47am
Average waketime: 8:18am

19. Drexel

Average sleep: 6.83 hours
Average bedtime: 12:45am
Average waketime: 8:16am

18. RPI

Average sleep: 6.82 hours
Average bedtime: 1:14am
Average waketime: 8:45am

17. Georgia Tech

Average sleep: 6.82 hours
Average bedtime: 1:02am
Average waketime: 8:32am

16. Cornell University

Average sleep: 6.81 hours
Average bedtime: 1:12am
Average waketime: 8:38am

15. Northwestern

Average sleep: 6.81 hours
Average bedtime: 1:03am
Average waketime: 8:27am

14. University of Chicago

Average sleep: 6.81 hours
Average bedtime: 12:52am
Average waketime: 8:14am

13. Houston

Average sleep: 6.81 hours
Average bedtime: 12:45am
Average waketime: 8:17am

12. UC Berkeley

Average sleep: 6.8 hours
Average bedtime: 1:01am
Average waketime: 8:24am

11. Brigham Young University

Average sleep: 6.79 hours
Average bedtime: 12:21am
Average waketime: 7:42am

10. Carnegie Mellon

Average sleep: 6.78 hours
Average bedtime: 1:13am
Average waketime: 8:36am

9. University of Buffalo – SUNY

Average sleep: 6.76 hours
Average bedtime: 12:54am
Average waketime: 8:22am

8. Purdue

Average sleep: 6.76 hours
Average bedtime: 12:52am
Average waketime: 8:19am

7. Lehigh

Average sleep: 6.75 hours
Average bedtime: 12:47am
Average waketime: 8:15am

6. UC Davis

Average sleep: 6.75 hours
Average bedtime: 12:42am
Average waketime: 8:08am

5. UC Irvine

Average sleep: 6.73 hours
Average bedtime: 12:59am
Average waketime: 8:23am

4. University of Pennsylvania

Average sleep: 6.72 hours
Average bedtime: 1:22am
Average waketime: 8:43am

3. Case Western

Average sleep: 6.71 hours
Average bedtime: 12:44am
Average waketime: 8:03am

2. Notre Dame

Average sleep: 6.69 hours
Average bedtime: 1:09am
Average waketime: 8:28am

1. Columbia University

Average sleep: 6.68 hours
Average bedtime: 1:26am
Average waketime: 8:49am

You can browse the entire set of university sleep data on the Jawbone website.