Wednesday, May 23, 2007

U.S. High School Students Sleep-Deprived

Want your high school student to increase their academic performance and overall health? Make sure they get enough sleep. Sleep is an important part of health and when people don't get enough their achievement suffers. Sleep deprivation is also linked to low self esteem and obesity.

U.S. high school students sleep-deprived
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) -- A survey of 280 U.S. high school students found 78 percent said it was difficult to get up in the morning and only 16 percent say they had enough sleep. The students, who all attend Harriton High School in suburban Philadelphia, begin their school day at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2:25 p.m. The survey also found that 70 percent thought their grades would improve if they had more sleep and 90 percent thought their academic performance would improve if school were to start later. Dr. Richard Schwab of the University of Pennsylvania conducted the study with his daughter Amanda, one of the sleep-deprived teens at Harriton High School. "I watched her get up early for four years, and saw how difficult it was," Schwab said in a statement. "Teenagers need more sleep than adults and their circadian rhythms are phase shifted so that their ideal bedtime is midnight to 1:00 a.m.; yet they have to get up at 6:30 or earlier for high school." The survey was presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference in San Francisco.

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