Lack of sleep linked to poor academic results

Students who go to bed late during the school year have poorer academic results than those with a healthy sleep cycle. Researchers found that going to bed later than 11:30pm on school nights dramatically impacts on the ability to achieve good results.

The study has also found a correlation between going to bed late during both school and holiday periods and emotional problems.

Bright lights from mobile phones and tablets suppress the hormone melatonin, which assists in regulating the sleep cycle. Reducing the use of these devices before bed and using dim lights may reverse the impacts of the “night owl” tendency.

The research suggests that pressure on students to achieve academically and socially may be contributing to late bed times.

Read more at University of California, Berkeley