Many school districts are trying to decide if high schools should begin later in the morning.
In most cases, that change means elementary schools would begin earlier. A new study shows that elementary students from higher income families may have worse academic academic performance with earlier school start times.
Morningness-Eveningness chronotype begins to stabilize in adolescence. Evening types have a hard time getting up to optimal alertness and learning capacity in early morning classes. More flexible schedules would improve academic achievement.
A.D.H.D. symptoms include those consistent with sleep of insufficient duration or quality. Many children diagnosed with A.D.H.D. may have undiagnosed sleep problems, and treating the sleep problems may be productive in lessening the problems of attention, learning, memory, and behavior often seen in children assumed to have A.D.H.D.
New research shows that even one hour of sleep loss can have important consequences for children's learning. After restricting sleep of 6 year olds, electrical activity in the brain was different from children in a control group, and processing of speech sounds was slower.
New research shows that diminished slow wave sleep is associated with memory declines in aging. Efficient functioning of the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus related to memory is dependent on getting sufficient sleep, particularly slow wave sleep.