Happier Teens Sleep Longer

Tuesday 6th July 2010

Just 30 minutes of extra sleep a night could make teenagers feel much happier, according to new research. A study published by scientists in Rhode Island found that teenagers who benefitted from a slighter longer sleep span were more alert in class and ate healthier breakfasts.

Researchers reached their conclusions by studying the daily habits of 201 high school students at a Rhode Island boarding house. They found that moving class starting times from 8am to 8.30am resulted in less teens being late for class, missing breakfast or reporting that they felt depressed.

Scientists believe that the extra shut-eye may have had such dramatic effects because teenagers are more likely to struggle to fall asleep before 11am and do not reach the deepest levels of restful sleep until dawn.


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