Optional Sleep Log Assignment


Anne McCants helps students see how sleep impacts their learning by offering them credit for logging their sleep.


  • Include this optional assignment on the syllabus and when you introduce the course.
  • Provide students with access to a sleep log.
  • Ask students to reflect on how their sleep habits impact their learning. Anne McCants did this with a one-page reflection paper.
  • Provide students with a small amount of extra credit for this assignment.


  • In this MIT study, it was shown that healthy sleeping habits (amount of sleep and timing of sleep) can improve student learning and performance.
  • Incorporating an exercise into the course shows that instructors value student wellbeing.
  • Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker