Fukuda Investigation of Sleep Quality Parameters to Improve Cognitive Performance in Classroom Tests
by Alisa Fukuda and Robin Garhwal
Abstract – Potential ways to improve classroom test performance were explored through finding the correlation between sleep quality and cognitive performance in young adults. Participants were asked to track their sleep using a smartphone application, take an online cognitive test the following day and submit their results through an online form. Parameters of sleep such as total hours of sleep and hours of deep+REM sleep were measured using a built-in accelerometer in smartphones. The online cognitive test measured reaction times and accuracy of answers. Preliminary results show that more hours of deep+REM sleep lead to faster reaction times and higher accuracy.