Sleep-deprived pupils need extra hour in bed, schools warned

Shift school day back by an hour to tackle poor results, anxiety and obesity, say expertsSleep experts are warning of an epidemic of sleep deprivation among school-aged children, with some urging educational authorities to alter school hours to allow adolescents to stay in bed longer.

Adequate sleep is the strongest factor in the wellbeing and mental health of teenagers, and a shortage is linked to poor educational results, anxiety and obesity, they say. The French education minister approved a proposal to push back by an hour the start of the school day to 9am for students aged 15-18 in Paris.

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from The Guardian http://bit.ly/2TGkAWg

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