Sleep experts from the University of
Oxford have warned that the smell of a teenager's room could
actually be disrupting their sleeping patterns.
When a teenager doesn't open their window and keeps
the heating on, it risks them developing insomnia therefore
affecting their studies.
A professor from the University Of Oxford said
"Youths will be given advice on 'bedroom hygiene' as part of a
The smelly bedroom is a by-product of the fact that
the room is full of rebreathed air, which is low in oxygen and high
in nitrogen. If you keep rebreathing the same air in a small
bedroom that is hot and not ventilated, you will wake up with a
headache after a poor sleep."
Following the study, a sample of teenagers will be
advised to open bedroom windows and turn down the heating. The
study will last one year and will track 32,000 pupils in up to 100
schools for one year. The sample will be split into two groups, one
starting school at 10am or later, and the other sample sticking to
their usual schedule.
As part of the study, the teenagers will also be told
to eliminate all technology that emits light from their bedroom
before bed. At the beginning of the study the teenagers' grades
will be recorded, their moods monitored and they will have
wristbands to track sleeping patterns.
Our sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan says, "Your
bedroom is one of the most important factors when it comes to
getting a great night's sleep. A calm, tranquil bedroom free from
clutter, junk and technology will help you become more relaxed and
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