Scientific American reports on a new study showing that kids do better in school if they get enough sleep:
The researchers evaluated 201 Rhode Island high school students whose school pushed back its start time from 8 to 8:30. The kids completed a sleep habits survey before and after the time change.Cmr. Irwin Joseph actually said that the alarm clock was "representative" of the accusations against me.
After the delayed start, the percentage of students who said they got at least eight hours of sleep a night jumped from about 16 to 55 percent. Class attendance improved, and there were fewer visits to the health center for fatigue-related complaints. Plus, the number of students who said they felt unhappy, depressed, annoyed or irritated dropped significantly.
Update: This study got some publicity as showing that it is better for schools to start later in the day. But that does no good if the kids goto bed later. The study only shows that kids do worse with a sleep deficiency.
I could never get an explanation of just what was wrong with setting the alarm clock for 7:00.