Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health


Health Science and Human Ecology

First Reader/Committee Chair

Becerra, Monideepa


Background: Sleep health is an important public health topic that is often overlooked by college students who are trying to juggle between school, work, and social life. Sleep is seen as a luxury and as a result, most often sacrificed for other activities. The purpose of this thesis is to make a connection between the factors that lead to poor sleep quality and its influence on academic performance.

Methods:The study utilized the cross-sectional approach to evaluate sleep health and identify the relationship that exists with academic performance among college students. All data were collected virtually and kept anonymous. All statistical analyses were conducted using SPSS version 28 with p<.05 denoting significance.

Results: Results on 132 participants demonstrates that on an average school night, only 2.3% of the study population got 9 or more hours of sleep, while the majority (62.9%) got less than 7 hours of sleep. Of the population that got less than 7 hours of sleep per night, 88% reported feeling tired, fatigued, or sleepy during the daytime. Such sleep variables were also associated with participants’ reporting their grade being impacted.

Conclusion: These results highlight the importance of public health efforts on sleep health as it pertains to the overall well-being of college students.