Writing on the Science Daily website, Eric Eide, author of a new Brigham Young University study, found that the high school students performed best on tests if they got seven hours of sleep at night.  This flies in the face of recommendations that high school students need to sleep longer—until they felt satisfied.  The researchers likened this thinking to telling students to eat until they felt satisfied.  The results would not be desirable.  The study’s purpose was designed “to connect sleep to a measure of performance or productivity.”  They contend that more “sleep is not always better… the right amount of sleep decreases with age”:

  • 10-year-olds = 9 to 9.5 hours
  • 12-year-olds = 8 to 8.5 hours
  • 16-year-olds = 7 hours

The study authors warn that parents should not just think about their high school student’s getting too much sleep; they should also be just as concerned if they get too little sleep.

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