Evaluation of Sources Addressing Sleep and Performance

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Evaluation of Sources Addressing Sleep and Performance Sleep loss and shifting sleep patterns are known to be widespread across college campuses throughout the United States and the world at large. Yet, while many studies exist relating sleep to performance, a much smaller amount of studies focus on the Through analysis of these sources as they would prove useful when researching and writing upon the idea of sleep and its correlation to academic performance it was found that a paper titled “Sleep-Wake Patterns and Academic Performance in University Students”, which was presented to the European Conference on Educational Research, is overall the most useful source represented to research the topic. While points, claims, and statistics may be found within all of the sources used for the research, the sheer amount of referenced studies and works within the “Sleep-Wake” paper lends weight to it’s usefulness as a reliable source. One of the otherfactor of sleep and its affect within the college community. Three sources varying in criteria and usefulness were found that related to this subject and were studied. sources, “College Students try to Cheat Sleep Needs”, a college newspaper, offers basic facts and elementary assumptions such that could be found within any biology textbook or encyclopedia. These references are to such things as sleep cycles and sub stages and the general consequences of an out of balance sleep cycle. The study from the Biological Rhythm Research writers, however, hints at previous studies and findings that “several factors, such as social and academic demands, part-time jobs, [...] affect the sleep-wake cycle of college students.” but then only states the findings of a particular study, and does so in... ... middle of paper ... ...tive sources. As seen by its thoroughness, and attention to detail and reliability by its specialized writers, this paper is the most useful location for information regarding the topic. Works Cited Anderson, Ph.D., Keith J. “College Students try to Cheat Sleep Needs.” Polytechnic Online. 13 Feb. 2002. 2 Feb. 2004. <http://poly.union.rpi.edu/article_view.php3?view=1218&part=1>. Gomes, Ana Allen, Jose Taveres, and Maria Helena Azevedo. “Sleep-Wake Patterns and Academic Performance in University Students.” 7 Oct. 2002: 7. Education-Line Database. 2 Feb. 2004. <http://www.leeds.ac.uk/educol/documents/00002200.htm.> Medeiros, Ana Ligia D., et al. “Relationships Between Sleep-Wake Cycles and Academic Performance in Medical Students.” Biological Rhythm Research. 32.2 (2001): 263-270. 2 Feb. 2004. <http://www.szp.swets.nl/szp/journals/br322263.htm>.
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