Snooze alarm

June 16, 2008

Boy, there’s some smart researchers at this sleep-disorder center:

THURSDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) — Teens whose high schools have a delayed start time sleep longer and report less daytime sleepiness, say researchers at Norwalk Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center in Connecticut.

The study included 259 high school students who reported sleeping about 7.03 hours per school night, with a mean bed time of 10:52 p.m. and a mean wake-up time of 6:12 a.m. when school started at 7:35 a.m.

After the school start time was switched to 8:15 a.m., the students’ total sleep time on school nights increased 33 minutes, mainly due to a later rise time.

So, let’s see. If things start later, those who have to go those things will sleep longer. Who knew? I’d better alert my boss at the newspaper; I’m sure he’ll want to take immediate and approriate action.

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