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Sleep Away the Freshman Fifteen 1 Sleep Away the Freshman Fifteen Rachel E. Wissbeck University of Wisconsin Eau Claire I accept the author’s claim conditionally that freshman in college gain weight due to changes in sleep habits. The author, Jan Hoffman, is twenty-four and the Sleep Away the Freshman Fifteen 2 graduated from Cornell University and Yale Law school with a Master of Studies in Law, (MSL). The first piece of evidence came from a Brown University study that shows many people gain weight during their first year of college. Their study followed 132 freshman students for nine weeks, and followed their sleeping habits and weight. At the end of nine weeks over half of the students gained about six pounds. The article states that insufficient sleep is to blame for these weight gains. According to the sleep logs the students kept, they were only getting an average of seven hours and fifteen minutes of sleep a night when they should be getting closer to nine hours and fifteen minutes of sleep. The second piece of evidence the author has also uses the Brown University study. The study shows that boys tend to gain more weight than girls. “The highest gain for girls was 11 pounds and, boys, 18” (Hoffman, 2015, p. 1). Girls tend to get to bed earlier than boys because they get up earlier for “prep time” (Hoffman, 2015, p. 1). Since girls need time to get ready in the morning they keep a more regular sleep schedule and tend to get more sleep. Lastly, variability in sleep leads freshman to gain weight during their first year of school. New found freedom and class schedules can lead to an erratic sleep schedule. On average, time of sleep changed two hours and thirty-seven minutes a day, forcing students to readjust to a new schedule every day (Hoffman, 2015, p. 1). According to the study published in Cell Journal, having so much variability in sleep makes the pounds add up. Cell Journal primarily publishes research articles; therefore, I believe the research is trustworthy. The Brown University study is problematic because I was unable to see the full study. Along with that, the online journal it was published in Sleep Away the Freshman Fifteen 3 didn’t have a biography page stating the journal’s mission and where they get their funding. I accept the claim conditionally if the Brown University study without bias. Reference Hoffman, J. (2015, October, 26). Freshman Course in Weight and Sleep. New York Times. Retrieved from http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/26/poor-sleep- may-spur-collegeweightgain/?rref=collection%2Fbyline %2Fjanhoffman&action=click&contentCollection=undefined®ion=st ream&module=stream_unit&version=search&contentPlacement=1&pg type=collection&_r=0