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Teen Sleep Deficits Can Hurt Grades

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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Teen Sleep Deficits Can Hurt Grades

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Teen Sleep Deficits Can Hurt Grades. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 22, 2019, from
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