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.