Psy­chol­o­gists at Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty report that after stu­dents moved to remote learn­ing, they did not sleep more, despite sav­ing time on trav­el and attend­ing social events.

There is an opin­ion that young peo­ple, espe­cial­ly stu­dents, reg­u­lar­ly lack sleep due to work, study and high social activ­i­ty. The forced tran­si­tion to remote work and study dur­ing the pan­dem­ic allowed this asser­tion to be test­ed.

The researchers com­pared data on sleep habits of 80 stu­dents who took the 2020 sum­mer ses­sion with data on 450 stu­dents who were enrolled in the same course dur­ing pre­vi­ous sum­mer semes­ters. All stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the project kept dai­ly sleep diaries for 2–8 weeks and pro­vid­ed writ­ten reports. Some par­tic­i­pants also wore Fit­bit track­ers.

It turned out that stu­dents study­ing remote­ly went to bed on aver­age 30 min­utes lat­er than before the pan­dem­ic. Their sleep was less effi­cient, sleep­ing less at night and more dur­ing the day, but over­all they took about the same amount of time as they did before telecom­mut­ing. At the same time, they did not have class­es ear­ly in the morn­ing and had 44% few­er work­ing days com­pared to pre­vi­ous years of study.

Sci­en­tists point to two pro­nounced trends. First, peo­ple go to bed lat­er and wake up lat­er. Sec­ond­ly, there is a notice­able reduc­tion in nat­ur­al light, espe­cial­ly at the begin­ning of the day.

Over­all, the find­ings dis­prove the claim that young peo­ple would sleep more if they had the oppor­tu­ni­ty.

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