My Q and A With Christian Benedict on the Link Between Sleep and School Performance

After many years of neglecting sleep’s importance in our lives, we’ve entered a golden age of sleep studies. We now know that sleep plays a central role in everything from creativity to memory consolidation, and that sleep deprivation, in addition to being associated with a range of debilitating conditions, can leave us with the same cognitive capacity of someone legally drunk.

Christian Benedict is helping lead this scientific movement. A neuroscientist at Uppsala University in Sweden, Benedict has particularly focused on how sleep is connected to performance in school. And as this incontrovertible science piles up, more and more schools are taking note in ways that can really make a difference in young people’s lives. In answer to my questions, Benedict shared his insights on the importance of understanding young people’s sleep patterns, how school start times may be a bigger factor in student success than previously thought and simple tips to help adolescents get a truly good night’s rest.

You’ve researched the link between lack of sleep and failure at school. What did you find?

Studies have shown that sleep supports a variety of functions that children require to perform —> Read More Here


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