Sacrificing sleep to study is a bad idea, report finds
Students could face academic problems if they continually
sacrifice sleep in favour of extra study.
This is according to research by the University of California, Los
Angeles (UCLA), which discovered pupils who stay up late looking at
their books will suffer educationally as a result the next
Some 535 youngsters from a range of socio-economic and ethnic
backgrounds kept a sleep diary for 14 days as part of the
Andrew J Fuligni, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral
sciences, noted it is counterproductive to forgo a good night's
rest in bed in order to study.
"Academic success may depend on finding strategies to avoid having
to give up sleep to study, such as maintaining a consistent study
schedule across days [and] using school time as efficiently as
possible," he added.
Mr Fuligni thinks that although students may think the additional
studying is a good idea at the time, it will come at a cost.
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes