On the night before a big test, make sure your high school student gets at least seven hours worth of sleep. While that is less than what is currently recommended as adequate rest, a new study finds that 16 to 18 year olds perform better academically just under that amount
It has been estimated that up to 10% of school children suffer from sleep disturbances. An insufficient amount of sleep leads to poor school performance and lower grades. There also tends to be behavioral problems in children who don’t get enough sleep. And teens who drive to school are at greater risk for accidents when they are drowsy.
Eric Eide and Mark Showalter with Brigham Young University analyzed data collected from a sample of just over 1,700 students. They compared the amount of sleep they got and how they scored on standardized tests. The optimal amount of sleep for a 10-year-old is 9 to 9.5 hours. For a 16-year-old in high school, the magic number is 7 hours of sleep.
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