Thursday, January 18, 2007

Should Have Slept On It

Interesting research about lazy sleepy teenagers:

Research shows that teenagers need about 9 1/4 hours' sleep... When the body clock turns off, the brain secretes the sleep chemical, melatonin. Sleep researchers have found that melatonin is produced in adolescents much later in the evening than in younger kids.
Writer Michael Carr-Gregg suggests later school start times might help, pointing to Victorian research showing:

...a 10am-4pm school day was associated with less bad behaviour and better academic results.
He also suggests:

Roads and trains and trams would be less clogged if commuters did not have to compete with kids going to school.
Now you're talking. But has anyone asked the parental taxi drivers if their employers will let them start even later too?

-- Nick

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