The research is nearly indisputable: Teens were already chronically short on sleep before mobile devices become omnipresent (according to the Pew Research Center study, 75% of teens now have their own or access to a smartphone). Now, with bedrooms converted into technological playgrounds offering 24/7 connectivity, sleep has become even harder to come by (Just how much sleep to teens need? Between eight and a half and nine hours. But get this: According to one study, less than 10 perfect of teens is getting enough sleep.)
Now, instead of simply talking about the problem of too little sleep, researchers are looking into how schools could adjust to shifting sleep patterns as teens go to bed later and wake later. In a new Edutopia article, writer Todd Finley discusses how certain schools in England changed first bell from 8:50 to 10AM, a shift that resulted in significant improvement in not just academics, but also attendance. A similar result occurred in a North Carolina middle school.
Read the full article here.