The secret to a great night's sleep

Could a lie-in be the key to good grades?

According to research carried out by the Wellcome Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation, a later school start could actually improve teenagers' performance in the classroom.

Following a successful pilot study in Monkseaton in Tyneside, thousands of pupils aged between 14 and 16 will take part in a mass market study, costing £700,000, which will see them start morning lessons at 10am, instead of nine. The project which will involve 106 schools and 32,000 students, will investigate ways in which neuroscience could improve learning and exam performance in the UK. This will be the first time that sleep is incorporated into the students' personal, social and health education curriculum, forming part of their studies.

Professor of sleep medicine at Oxford University, Colin Espie, commented: "We know something funny happens when you're a teenager. You seem to be slightly out of sync with the rest of the world. Of course, your parents think that's probably because you're a little bit lazy."

Colin explains the real reason that teens oversleep is down to their development changes during teenager years, which alters their sleeping patterns. This helps to explain why they're often able to stay up late at night but struggle to wake from their slumber come morning time.

Source: Taken from an article written by Sally Weale, Education correspondent, The Guardian - 09th October.

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