Syracuse (WSYR-TV/ABC-TV) - New research suggests that kids shouldn’t be losing sleep over their studies.
A study in the journal “Child Development” finds evidence that burning the midnight oil to cram for tests is time wasted.
The author asked 535 students from grade 9 to 12 to keep a diary of how long they studied, how long they slept, and whether or not they had academic problems the next day, such as not understanding something taught in class or doing poorly on a test or homework.
The research found that when study time cut down on sleep time, kids performed more poorly in class the day after.
The author says that doesn’t mean teens should study less, but if they sacrifice sleep for study, it may hurt more than it helps.