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School closure has one big advantage. And according to researchers, we should do something about that – Wel.nl


The closure of schools has mainly had many disadvantages. Think of a lack of social contacts and deteriorated learning performance. But there was also one big advantage: teenagers slept better.

Research has shown that school closures have made students more anxious and depressed. They also moved less and hung more behind screens. But they were also able to sleep longer, which actually benefited their health.

Researchers asked 3,664 high school students in the Swiss city of Zurich about their sleeping habits. As it turned out: during the three-month school closure, they got up 90 minutes later on average, while going to bed only 15 minutes later. A sleep gain of 75 minutes.

As a result, they felt slightly better about themselves and drank less alcohol and caffeine, the researchers said. “While the lockdown has clearly led to a decline in the well-being of many young people, our findings also reveal a surprising benefit of school closures that has been neglected so far,” said study researcher Oskar Jenni.

Adequate sleep is important for health. It also leads to better concentration and less anxiety. According to the researchers, the schools should therefore start an hour later. “The early start of the school day in Switzerland conflicts with the natural, biologically determined sleep patterns of teenagers,” the research group writes. “Because young people have to get up early for school, many suffer from chronic sleep deprivation.”

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