Lie-ins could aid learning

Written by Alice Weatherston

A team of researchers from the University of Oxford (UK), Harvard Medical School (MA, USA) and the University of Nevada (NV, USA) who have been investigating the impact of school and university start times have discovered that current early starts can be damaging to both student health and learning. The study was triggered by previous understanding of circadian rhythms and the genes responsible for the regulation of the daily cycle. During adolescence the disparity between the inbuilt human circadian rhythm, which dictates optimum hours of concentration and work, and the typical working day are at their most stark, a shift...

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