Current school start times damaging learning and health of students

Sep 15, 2015

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By Taylor & Francis

A study by researchers from the University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School and the University of Nevada has found that current school and university start times are damaging the learning and health of students.

Drawing on the latest sleep research, the authors conclude students start times should be 08:30 or later at age 10; 10:00 or later at 16; and 11:00 or later at 18. Implementing these start times should protect students from short sleep duration and chronic sleep deprivation, which are linked to poor learning and health problems.

These findings arise from a deeper understanding of circadian rhythms, better known as the body clock, and the genes associated with regulating this daily cycle every 24 hours.


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One comment on “Current school start times damaging learning and health of students”

  • @OP – These findings arise from a deeper understanding of circadian rhythms, better known as the body clock, and the genes associated with regulating this daily cycle every 24 hours.

    I would not be surprised, if artificial lighting, late TV viewing, and other evening extended activities had shunted the daily cycles forward.

    It would be interesting to do a comparative study with tribal peoples who use only natural daylight!



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