Teens suffer when they give sleep a rest, study shows


Students should use time more effectively to prioritise sleep, said Prof Chee of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke-NUS Medical School. According to the National Sleep Foundation in the United States, the recommended hours of sleep for teenagers are between eight and 10 hours.PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

Published Mar 29, 2016, 5:00 am SGT

Insufficient sleep adversely affects cognition and is detrimental to physical well-being

Tan Weizhen, The Straits Times

On school days, junior college student Wong Rui En, 18, doesn’t go to bed till past midnight, but has to drag herself out of bed at 6.30am.

She ticks off the list of things she has to do. School ends at 4.30pm, and she has co-curricular activities or tuition till after 8pm, or even 10pm. Then she gets down to homework.

“Sure, I feel tired. But I’ve got used to it,” she said with a shrug.

Rui En is a typical teen here.

Research is increasingly showing that such a truncated amount of sleep for children in her age group has a detrimental impact on mental and physical health.

A new study by the Duke-NUS Medical School found that teens who had insufficient sleep did worse cognitively than teens on the recommended full amount of sleep for their age group, even after just a week.

Read more here.


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