When the high schools initiated the later start time, attendance rates improved significantly according to the study. Changing start times can effectively recapture those students who might otherwise not complete high school. And, teens are found to make good use of the extra hour and choose not to stay up any later than usual.
With aging, sleep patterns tend to change. Our need for sleep changes throughout our adult life although the transition between baby and teen is quite possibly the biggest leap for our biological clocks.
Bedtimes and waking times get later as puberty begins, and it trend continues until 21 years in men and 19.5 in women. However, we wake at about the time we woke prior to puberty at 55. This is two hours earlier than adolescents. A 5 am alarm call for a person in their 50s is the equivalent of 7 am start for a teenager.
If teenagers want to maintain full alertness and academic performance, they need around 9 hours of sleep per night. If a teen goes to sleep at 10 o’clock at night, he or she should wake for school at 7 am.
Sleep is fundamentally important. It is a biological need of our bodies.
Young men who slept only 4 hours a week on 6 consecutive nights yielded insulin levels comparable to those suffering from early stages of diabetes according to a study.
- Stay away from televisions, mobile phones or laptop lights before sleeping.
- Do not drink coffee in the evening.
- Avoid sleeping during the day.