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Get a Good Night's Sleep (For Your Grades!)
According to a study by the NIH of 1,941 adolescents, students that sleep less than 7 hours per day (7 days per week) exhibited poorer academic performance. The study showed that it is possible, however, to "make up" the lost mid-week sleep on the weekends. Sleep Foundation.org provides a list of direct and indirect reasons that sleep impacts grades.
Ways that sleep insufficiency directly causes poorer school performance:
Worsened sequential thinking
Absenteeism and tardiness
Indirect impacts of poor sleep on mental functions:
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Aggression and irritability
Depression and anxiety
The recommended level of sleep for grades K-8 is 9-11 hours per day, while 8-10 hours is sufficient for teenagers.
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