It’s a recurring debate for the past few years: teenagers need enough sleep, so why don’t we start school later. Insufficient sleep during the week, and attempts to catch up at the weekend lead to ‘social jet lag’, but delaying school start times is unlikely to reduce sleep deprivation in teenagers, according to this new study by 2 mathematicians and don’t worry also sleep scientists were involved. And they also suggest a solution: turning down the lights in the evening would be much more effective at tackling sleep deprivation.
From the press release:
Teenagers like to sleep late and struggle to get up in time to go to school. The commonly accepted explanation for this is that adolescents’ biological brain clocks are delayed. It has been suggested that to remedy this, school start times should be delayed for older teenagers so that they are again in tune with their biological clock.
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