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The objective of the study,isto compare the relationship between lack of sleep and the academic performance of the undergraduate students of a medical college of Pakistan. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a medical college of Pakistanin April 2016. Subjects were recruited by non-probability convenient sampling. A total of 140 subjectswereasked questions about sleep by a properly designed questionnaire from 2nd to 5th Year MBBS. Students having a prior diagnosis of sleep disorder were excluded from study.Data was analyzed using SPSS version 18. RESULTS: A total of 101 females and 39 males participated in the study. Duringnon-exam days, 41.14% of the students slept less than seven hours. The figure approached 80% in exam days. Cross tabulation failed to reveal a correlation between hours of sleep and academic performanceSpearman correlation showed a negative academic performance with less sleep in fourth and fifth year students. CONCLUSION: Students sacrifice their sleep during exams particularly girls. However, the association of sleep hours and academic performance was not established in this study. In fact, there was a negative association between academic performance and decrease sleep in fourth and fifth year students.

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