How much sleep do I REALLY get in med school?

How much sleep do I REALLY get in med school?

Hi guys! I’ve been getting a ton of questions on exactly
how much sleep I get so today I wanted to explain that and divide it up by all the rotations
I’ve been thru and really talk about how much sleep I’ve been getting. So if you guys don’t know I’ve been wearing
this Withings watch for a little less than two years and I’ve talked about this watch
before but the reason why I like it so much is because it looks like a regular watch but
it actually tracks your activity throughout the day and as well as your sleep at night. So I’ve sort of gathered all the data from
the past two years or so and kind of graphed everything out so that I can visually look
at how much sleep I’m getting. It’s actually very interesting. So let’s get started. The first graph is here is the entire second
year of medical school. You can see my average sleep is about 7 and
a half hours and that’s something I’ve been preaching a lot like I try to get 7 to 8 hours
of sleep. That’s my goal in life–pretty much. And you guys can see there a little bit of
standard deviation–1.6 hours for the most part my sleep can range from between 6 and
8 hours. I’d say that’s pretty good. Really, the nice thing about the first two
years of medical school is your flexibility in terms of scheduling so you get to kind
of make your own schedule, listen to the lectures on your own time, and if you’re really sleep
deprived then you get to sleep in a little bit or you can go to sleep earlier and it
doesn’t really matter. You’re not really technically required to
be at school for the most part. So moving on to Step 1 studying. If you guys don’t know, Step 1 is a board
exam for people in medical school. It’s part one of three board exams that you
have to take in order to become a licensed MD. You take Step 1 after second year medical
school, Step 2 during your 4th year, and Step 3 sometime during your residency, first year. So during Step 1 studying, you can see my
average was a little less than second year of medical school. My average is 7.1 hours but I have a narrower–smaller
standard deviation of 1.2 hours. I didn’t wanna sacrifice any sleep during
Step 1 time because sleep is really important in learning and forming memories so I wanted
to keep it as regular and as routine as possible. Moving on to third year of medical school,
when everything changes and you’re actually required to be at the hospital everyday. Psychiatry was my first rotation. It looks like I didn’t get that much sleep
during psych. I have 6.4 hours average and 1.2 standard
deviation. I think the reason why I have a little less
sleep in psychiatry even though it’s considered a less rigorous rotation is because it was
my first rotation of third year. So I was probably nervous and trying to get
up early so I can look nice for the hospital and everything. That’s probably why I have a little less sleep
than I should have for psych rotation–I think. Also it was summer time, this was during July
and August, so I was probably during stuff at night with friends, enjoying my summer. I think that’s why I had a little less sleep
at 6.4 hours. Next rotation I had was pediatrics rotation,
for that rotation, I remember my watch battery ran out and I just didn’t have time to buy
the new battery or I kept on forgetting so I don’t have any data from peds rotations–which
sucks cause in peds I thought we had a lot of variability inpatient time, office time
so I wanted to see what my sleep would look like but unfortunately, I don’t have that
data. Next rotation I had is ob-gyn. And you can see that my average sleep was
about 6.7 hours with 2.0 standard deviation. You can see beginning of the rotation, I’m
staying pretty much consistent but then towards the end, there’s a lot of ups and downs and
a lot of dips, probably because I was spending a little more time studying, some of these
may have been an error of my watch, it says two nights I got like 2 hours of sleep. That’s probably not true. But I do remember being very tired during
ob-gyn and taking some naps so I think that threw off my sleep schedule a little bit. The next rotation was Family Medicine. So for family medicine, it looks like I got
a lot of sleep, at an average of 7.1 hours with 1.5 hours of standard deviation. It looks like there is a clear pattern going
on where beginning of the rotation, I have a very consistent sleep schedule and then
towards the end it kinda dips up and down a lot. Also family medicine, if you guys remember,
is the month I did my vlogmas. So I think if I didn’t do vlogmas, I probably
would have gotten a little more sleep but because I was doing filming, editing and trying
to upload on time I think Iost a little bit of sleep there. So next is rotation is surgery, there is a
ton of ups and downs. So average hours of 6.4 and 1.9 hours of standard
deviation. You guys can see, there’s a ton of ups and
downs during surgery–that’s because I think I was waking up at like 4:45am… or trying
to get to hospital by 4:45am on most days on surgery. But there were days, like on weekends when
I didn’t have to go in and I would just sleep forever. I really wanted to make up that sleep debt
whether that’s real or not, so I think that’s why there’s so many ups and downs. I don’t see that similar pattern of sleeping
consistently beginning of the rotation and then not sleeping as much towards the end
because I think throughout I was just studying and trying to stay on top of things and waking
up early so I think that’s why it’s so erratic during this rotation. Next and finally, it’s not completely done
but it’s my internal medicine rotation. This rotation, I have the least amount of
sleep so far. I don’t quite understand why cause I go into
the hospital a little later than surgery but it looks like I’ve been getting an average
of 6.2 hours and 1.7 hours of standard deviation. It looks like there’s also a lot of ups and
downs in internal medicine. My guess for why the average is so low is
because for internal medicine. I’ve been going into the hospital 6 days a
week, whereas most of my other rotation it’s 5 days a week. So almost everything that I’ve done so far,
I’d only go in on Monday through Friday and occasionally maybe a weekend shift but for
internal medicine, I’ve been consistently going in every Saturday as well so I think
that’s why the average is a little low. There are definitely days when I have a lot
of sleep and I’ve taken couple naps in internal medicine. The way the software works for my watch is
it will add in all the naps as part of your sleep. I think that’s why I have all these upward
bumps in internal medicine. Those are naps! So that’s all the data I have so far on how
much sleep I’m getting in med school. I’ll try to do an update video in the future
when I’m down with med school and I wanna make two disclaimers before I end the video. Number 1 is that this watch measures sleep
by how much you’re moving in your sleep so it kind of calculates based on light sleep
and deep sleep. So it’s not a perfect way to measure how much
sleep you’re getting but over a long period of time it gives you a relative idea of how
much sleep you’re getting. Disclaimer number 2 is that this video is
not really meant to show you how much sleep you’d be getting in each of these rotation
or specialties, these are my personal experience, there’s a lot of personal stuff going on like
vlogmas and how much I was going out, or how much I was studying at night, so it’s not
really an objective view of how much sleep YOU will be getting in these rotation or if
you were to go into these specialties. So with that, I’m gonna end the video here. If you guys have any questions, about my watch,
or how much sleep I’m getting or any details, please let me know in the comment section
and I’ll try to answer them if I can. Thank you guys so much for watching and I
will see you guys in the next video. Byeee!

100 thoughts on “How much sleep do I REALLY get in med school?

  1. Please make a video on how you manage to study at 'not so quiet' places like you do at coffee shops etc. Also what kind of studying you do at such places. Thank you, love you Jamie.

  2. hi jamie 🙂 can you tell us how you manage to study on less sleep? or does it not bother you? that's something I'd really like to know 🙂

  3. I'm surprised you get as much sleep as you do, they make it out to be that every med student is sleep deprived and suffering (maybe it's subjective though/different for everyone). Nice video.

  4. I love your videos! If you can find the time, could you make a video about how you balance your studies and your boyfriend? I'm finishing up nursing school and I've found that either I'm spending a lot of time with my boyfriend and neglecting my studies or vice versa. I'd love to see how you balance that with a busy med school schedule 😊

  5. Wow I love how you analyzed your sleep pattern throughout medical school. That's pretty cool. For a sleep addict like me, sacrificing sleep was the most difficult part of med school😭

  6. Jamie! I'm really curious to know your nationality! I've been watching you for a while now and I'm not sure if you've mentioned it 🙂

  7. Do you think you slept more or less during your undergrad? I am a second year and I swear sometimes I sleep 4 hours a day.

  8. Did you ever make a Step 1 summary video after you took it? I was trying to find it and see how you did! Trying to help my boyfriend work on his study schedule now, and you're my go-to resource for all things med school! 😊

  9. You are actually so amazing! Your videos are so helpful but also the fact that you can be studying medicine AND running a youtube channel….you go girl! x

  10. This watch looks pretty cool! Are you satisfied with the product and do you recommend buying it? Is it worth the price lol? Also what colour did you get? Love your videos btw:)

  11. Thanks Jamie. I've always been a huge advocate of getting proper and enough sleep. Talk of order and consistency, you must be the master of it

  12. this was actually really interesting to see. great idea for a video!

    also, your music choices are always on point!

  13. Great video. Really easy to understand and interesting. How you have time to make such clean edits and graphics while managing your schedule is beyond me, but keep it up!

  14. I heard you are Korean. So… can you speak or unberstand korean? I just wanna ask this because l'm your big fan in Korea :)))

  15. Hey Jamie you're such an inspiration for me even if I'm a law student haha and live in France (just so you know you've fan there haha) ! I was wondering if you could make a video about failure… how to go over it etc ? Did you ever fail ? some tips when you feel like you did …
    Anyway I admire you so much you're wonderful !
    Kisses from France

  16. this was a really interesting video! i try to get 6 hours sleep everyday but end up speeping a lot more😢 until exams hit and sleep becomes a myth🙅

  17. hi, I didnt get a notification for this newnvideo as I usually do, just wanted to ket you know. Loved this video btw. I want to do this for grad/ned school.

  18. I'm looking for the watch that you have with the brown band, the ones you linked only come in white and black. Do you know where I could find it? Thank you!!

  19. Please make a video on how you manage to study at 'not so quiet' places like you do at coffee shops etc. Also what kind of studying you do at such places. Thank you, love you Jamie.

  20. Great video, sleeping is so important! I feel like I can remember so much more when I get more sleep

  21. Something so satisfying about this video, think it was probably the graphs lol and how the data was collected over such a long period of time

  22. Can you do a video on your meal prep? Many students in college/grad/med school struggle to keep a healthy diet. Like a grocery shopping, simple meals and snack ideas for work and school would be super helpful. Thanks for reading! Your videos are great:)

  23. Such a cool way to discuss sleep! Love that you took data from your watch and quantitatively assessed each graph and explained why some rotations allowed you to sleep more than others. I'm a visual person so this was helpful. Love your channel! 🙌🏽❤️

  24. Very interesting! I'm a young working mom getting an MBA so my schedule is obviously different from yours but my sleep is probably a little less… glad you're making rest a priority!

  25. How do you manage your self-care, mental health, personal/family problems & unexpected hardship? I had a difficult time staying caught up with grad school during some of those times.

  26. This channel is amazing. The people in the comment section are so positive and motivated to study and sacrifice a lot of things just to achieve what they want in life 🙂

  27. I bought some highlighters on and I'M SO HAPPY WITH THEM! They're so pretty and I can't thank you enough for putting them on your site. I love you and your account!!!

  28. Hi Jamie, I'm just looking for some advice from either you or someone that can help. I am a sophomore premed major currently with a 3.6 GPA. That is just for this semester. My freshmen year was a complete trainwreck. I got a D and a C- in Intro to Bio and a C- and a C in Intro to Chem. I really want to go to medical school but I am not sure if that is just too far out of reach for me at this point. My advisor isn't being very helpful so Im not sure what to do. Should I retake these courses along with fixing my Organic chemistry grade? I believe I read that the AAMC takes all transcripts. So if i take these courses at another college over the summer, they wouldn't replace the grades but I could do way better.
    Overall i am just looking for some sort of guidance because I am lost HELP
    Thanks, Love your videos <3

  29. Great video! I find that if I'm not in bed or dozing off by 2AM then I can sleep until Noon and my body will still feel unrested so I suppose the time of the day/night matters as well 🙂

  30. I know that drinking too much coffee is not good for health, but do you drink a lot of coffee? You seem to do a lot in a day. Honestly, I would fall asleep easily in lecture if I sleep less than 7 hours, and go without coffee.

  31. You inspired me alot.I am in my pre med now and currently earning good grades because you inspired me alot to do good in school.I always watch your study with me video and it helps me to focus more on my subjects.You're an inspiration for us undergrad students who wants to pursue Medical school soon.Love you so much!

  32. Can you talk about if you get summer breaks or winter breaks and your social life and friends and family

  33. I'm really curious about what time you go to bed and get up. I'm also a medical student. I'm in 3rd year. I use sleep cycle app now to track my sleep and I have 6:44 hrs in average right now. Is that good or should I sleep more?

  34. haha so interesting – never thought to compare different specialities like that! oh man I don't miss the crazy hours of surgery!!

  35. I Love your video so much, and i think you have a great personality.
    best wishes from palestinian medical student.

  36. Great video! Thanks for all of the information! ^^ I used to track my sleep with my fitbit, but I stopped wearing it at night lol. Maybe I should do that again… 🙂

  37. How can I do to sleep more? I am in high school and I sleep like 4-5 hours per night T.T
    This is my routine. I wake up at 4am. I take a shower, I get ready for school. And then I take breakfast. I leave my house at around 5:45 – 4:50 and I arrive school at 7:00 am. I stay there until 2:30pm. T.T And I come back to home at around 4pm. I eat, which takes me 1 hour. So start to do my hw and to study at 5pm. If I want to sleep at least 6-7 hours, I need to go to bed at 9-10pm .
    From 5pm to 10pm I just have 5 hours to: study, do homework, study english (note that I am not a native english speaker haha), study german, work out, read in english and spanish, time for myself :C I feel that 5 hours are not enough for all those things.

  38. I was expecting for her to just tell us how much sleep she think she got, no this girl comes out with graphs and shit and telling us the standard deviations of all her statistical data. Get it girl! lol she blows me away at how smart, pretty and kind she is .

  39. Hi from Spain! Really interesting video. But how much do you usually like to sleep when you don't have to wake up early for work or studying?

  40. I'd be enrolling in med school this month. My goal is AT LEAST 6 and a half hour. I'm also planning to go vegan and avoid coffee as much as possible. Hope I can do all this. Let's all become a doctor while staying gorgeous 😎

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