A new study conducted by the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center has linked later school start times to improved daytime functioning in adolescents. Researchers found that delaying school start times by only 25 minutes led to an average of 29 additional minutes of sleep for students and a 26 percent increase in students receiving eight or more hours of sleep per night.
There’s no question additional sleep is a good thing, but just how does this increase in sleep translate to better daytime functioning for adolescents?
According to the study, daytime sleepiness and caffeine consumption were significantly reduced, while mood and academic performance levels improved. [Read more…]