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Giving Up Sleep To Study Hurts Next Day's Academic Performance

"As adolescents progress through school, their coursework becomes harder. As a result, many high school students stay up late so they can study longer. What happens when students give up sleep to study?

In a forthcoming article published in Child Development, researchers followed 535 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students over the course of 14 days. Every evening, participants were asked to report (a) how many hours they studied or did homework while not in class and (b) how many hours they slept the previous night. They were also asked to answer a series of questions about that day’s academic performance (e.g., “did [you] not understand something taught in class?”)....(Click for more)