Sleep Deprivation Makes Kids Stupid

Missing an hour of Sleep turns a sixth grader’s brain into that of a fourth grader.

Via NurtureShock

“A loss of one hour of sleep is equivalent to [the loss of] two years of cognitive maturation and development,” 

There is a correlation between grades and average amount of sleep. Teens who received A’s averaged about fifteen more minutes sleep than the B students, who in turn averaged fifteen more minutes than the C’s, and so on. Wahlstrom’s data was an almost perfect replication of results from an earlier study of over 3,000 Rhode Island high schoolers by Brown’s Carskadon. Certainly, these are averages, but the consistency of the two studies stands out. Every fifteen minutes counts.

From Charles Duhigg’s excellent book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business:  

Dozens of studies show that willpower is the single most important keystone habit for individual success… Students who exerted high levels of willpower were more likely to earn higher grades in their classes and gain admission into more selective schools. They had fewer absences and spent less time watching television and more hours on homework. “Highly self-disciplined adolescents outperformed their more impulsive peers on every academic-performance variable,” the researchers wrote. “Self-discipline predicted academic performance more robustly than did IQ. Self-discipline also predicted which students would improve their grades over the course of the school year, whereas IQ did not.… Self-discipline has a bigger effect on academic performance than does intellectual talent.”


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