Study Time Versus Sleep for Teens

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012, 7:03 pm

Everyone is going back to school and for kids in high school and college that means juggling study time versus sleeping time. Here’s a hint – sleeping is important when it comes to academic performance!

A study conducted by UCLA and published in the journal Child Development showed that if students sacrificed sleep for longer study time they were more likely to have academic problems the next day. Because students tend to study later and later into the night as they get older this problem only gets worse. “Sacrificing sleep for extra study time is counterproductive” said Dr. Andrew J. Fuligni of UCLA. He continued “Academic success may depend on finding strategies to avoid having to give up sleep to study, such as maintaining a consistent study schedule across days, using school time as efficiently as possible and sacrificing time spent on other, less essential activities.”

The researchers looked at students from several Los Angeles area high schools over a period of 14 days. The researchers expected that late night studying might create problems with student understanding of what they were taught in class but they were surprised to find the behavior actually led to doing more poorly on tests and quizzes!

Manage study time wisely – if a student doesn’t know the material by bedtime then they probably won’t know it the next day for the test. Previous studies have already shown that new information gets placed into memory during sleep – without this important step in the memory formation process the material that is studied won’t stick in the brain.

Students who suffer from sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea will feel sleep deprived and experience problems with school and possibly behavioral issues because of their disorder. Many children and teens suffer from obstructive sleep apnea but have not been diagnosed. If you have a teen that snores loudly and experiences excessive daytime sleepiness  you may want to arrange for a sleep study for your child.

Obstructive sleep apnea can be treated by using an oral appliance instead of CPAP. For more information please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today  at 706-886-9439 to schedule your appointment to see if an oral appliance may be right for you.


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