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Article 10. KNOWLEDGE OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Sleep is one of our basic needs that play a very important
role in a human being’s health. It is important for our
physical, intellectual and emotional health. Sleep loss
not only makes people feel sleepy in the daytime, it is
even a possible risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. This
study assessed the knowledge of sleep deprivation and
academic performance among nursing students in
College of Medicine, University of Lagos. The study
adopted a descriptive survey design and the target
population were undergraduate nurses from 200 – 500
level from the Department of Nursing Science, College of
Medicine, University of Lagos. A multi-stage sampling
technique was used to select a total of 157 undergraduate
nurses as the sample for the study. The instrument used
was a self-structured, administered questionnaire. The
data obtained was analyzed and the results presented in
tables, charts, and percentages. The chi-square test was
used to compare differences and association between
variables. Differences and association were considered
significant at p-value < 0.05. The result of this study
showed that the majority of the respondents have good
knowledge about the effects of sleep deprivation and this
has an effect on their academic performance. Factors
influencing sleep deprivation among students were loud
music, heat, overcrowding in the room, roommate’s
disturbance, assignments, chores in the room and using
of a mobile device (e.g. Phone, tablets). It was therefore
recommended that sleep deprivation should be avoided
at all cost through proper time management

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