Teen Sleep Deficits Can Hurt Grades

A new study finds that adolescents with sleep problems and poor sleeping habits have lower academic performance when compared to those who enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Swedish researchers reviewed more than 20,000 adolescents aged between 12 and 19 from Uppsala County, north of Stockholm.

They discovered reports of sleep disturbance and habitual short sleep duration (less than seven hours per day) increased the risk of failure in school.

The results, published in the journal Sleep Medicine, suggest that sleep may play an important role for adolescents’ performance at school.

“Another important finding of our study is that around 30 percent of the adolescents reported regular sleep problems.┬áSimilar observations have been made in other adolescent cohorts, indicating that sleep problems among adolescents have reached an epidemic level in our modern societies,” said researcher Christian Benedict, Ph.D.

In addition to poor academic performance, sleep problems can lead to a host of additional issues including weight gain, dermatological conditions, aggressiveness, and inappropriate behavior.

Source: Uppsala University

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