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June 10, 2019 Monday 11:51:36 AM IST

Delayed School Timings Helps Students Get Bettter Sleep, Focus Better

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Students may be able to focus better and be alert if school timings are delayed for middle and high school children.

The results were observed in a Creek School District in Greenwood Village, Colorado where school start times were delayed by 50 minutes for middle school and 20 minutes for high school. It was found that the sleep patterns of students improved and they slept 48 minutes longer on week days. The study was conducted among 15,000 students from grade 6-11.


Therefore, it makes sense to begin school later than 8.30 am for students to get sufficient sleep, to stay alert in class and focus on studies.The study is important as adolescent development is dependent on getting enough sleep. It also has a positive impact on physical health, mental health and well being. This will translate into better academic scores and emotional intelligence.

Source: https://academic.oup.com/sleep/article/40/suppl_1/A362/3782425?searchresult=1



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