Friday, June 11, 2010

Study finds sixth-formers not quite bright young things

You might think that sixth formers would be bursting with youthful energy and full of the joys of Spring but a study by researchers at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey suggests that they are more likely to be drowsy and depressed. The study involved 262 high-school students with an average age of 17.7 years. Over half of them (52%) had excessive daytime sleepiness and these students were three times as likely to have strong depression symptoms. 30% of the students had strong depression symptoms while 32% had some symptoms of depression. The students reported getting an average of 6.1 hours sleep on a school night and 8.2 hours on a weekend night; well short of the recommended nine hours.

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