Forcing teenagers to wake up early
for school can cause mental health issues, according to the
headmaster for private school Hampton House in Surrey.
Sixth-formers at Hampton House are not made to come in for lessons
until after lunchtime.
Research from the Sleep and Circadian
Neuroscience Institute has shown that a 7am start for a teenager is
the equivalent as a 4.30am wake up call for adults! Guy Holloway,
the school's headteacher, starts his lessons at 1.30pm and they
finish at 7pm.
Mr Holloway said; "The cards are stacked
against them because they are overriding nature by getting up early
in the morning to be on time for school. Schools are dealing with a
whole range of issues, sometimes mental health issues, and I would
argue a there is a public health issue in terms of a nation of
teenagers that are going to school chronically sleep deprived."
Paul Kelly, from the Sleep and Circadian
Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford said, "We are
generally a sleep-deprived society but the 14-24 age group is the
most sleep deprived."
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