Graduate Program in Neuroscience

December 17, 2018

Neuroscience Director, Horacio De La Iglesia, demonstrates that delaying the start time of school can impact how students learn and perform in their education

A new sleep study from Horacio De La Iglesia has shown that teens get more sleep, show improved grades and attendance when schools start at a later time. The study demonstrated that when schools push back their start times, adolescents still go to bed at the same time, but will sleep in longer, leading to more hours of sleep overall. The sleep study utilized wrist monitors to gather sleep data to understand how the pushed back start times affected their sleep cycles. Dr. De La Iglesia was able to shgow that pushing back the times led to 34 more minutes of sleep a night, and led to increases in performance as well as increased attendance.

 

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