naptime fact sheet

quick facts:

The average bedtime of college students is between midnight and one AM on weekdays. The average rise time is near eight AM- that's seven or eight hours of sleep. Ideally, college students should get about nine.

Hate to say it...

But you shouldn't treat your weekend any differently. In order to have a steady schedule, you should be going to bed and getting up at the same time every day- whether or not it's a Monday or a Friday.

How long should I nap for?

If you nap for longer than 45 minutes but shorter than 90, you'll wake up at a difficult time in your sleep cycle- one that will not allow you to be as alert as you would after a 20 minute catnap or after catching up on 2 hours of sleep. If you need to get busy as soon as you wake up, don't sleep for longer than 45 minutes!


American College Health Association. The American College Health Association–National College Health Assessment (ACHA–NCHA), spring 2003 reference group report.

J Am Coll Health. 2005;53:199–210.

LeAnne M. Forquer PhD , Adrian E. Camden BS , Krista M. Gabriau BS & C. Merle Johnson PhD (2008) Sleep Patterns of College Students at a Public University, Journal of American College Health, 56:5, 563-565