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January 07, 2022 Friday 12:05:47 PM IST

More Sleep Means Better Quality of Life

Adequate sleep has a crucial role in enhancing cognitive skills, especially memory retention. Poor nighttime sleep quality and the consequent daytime sleepiness affect the physical and cognitive health of students and their academic performance. Insufficient sleep means not getting enough sleep at night, which can cause several problems including decreased brain development, learning problems, and more frequent negative emotions. It can also contribute to weight management problems, growth issues, and increased frequency of illnesses. When students were stressed due to their academics and other related issues they had serious sleep deprivation issues which adversely affected their health. 

During the initial phase of the pandemic, things got equally worse. Children felt inactive and many underwent serious depression and anxiety because of their continuous screen use. Now, a study by the University of Zurich (UZH) has shown that the homeschooling phase also had a positive effect on the health and well-being of many teenagers. The students got about 75 minutes more sleep per day during the lockdown. At the same time, their health-related quality of life improved significantly and their consumption of alcohol and caffeine went down. The researchers conducted an online survey with 3,664 high school students in the Canton of Zurich during the lockdown, asking about their sleep patterns and quality of life. They then compared the answers with a survey from 2017 with 5,308 young participants. The results showed that during the three months in which the schools were closed, the adolescents got up around 90 minutes later on school days, but went to bed only 15 minutes later on average -- meaning their total amount of sleep increased by about 75 minutes a day.