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One Hour Less Sleep TwoYears Less Intelligent

A must-read for all students

Are you looking for ways to improve your performance in class? Or wondering why there are days you just don’t get what’s going on when everyone else does? Then read on…

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Just like you perhaps, last night I too have made the mistake of staying up late to complete some work many times. Also just like you, I too have stayed up late (maybe all night) before an exam.

This is not only a silly thing to do but it literally can make you significantly sillier. In fact for school students who are still developing this can be incredibly significant, setting them back two years in cognitive function with as little as one hour of lost sleep! This is significant before an exam but even more so in class, it's a recipe for falling behind in a silent way.

In the book NutureShock by Pr Bronson and Ashley Merryman say:

‘The performance gap caused by an hour’s difference in sleep was bigger than the gap between a normal fourth-grader and a normal sixth-grader. Which is another way of saying that a slightly sleepy sixth-grader will perform in class like a mere fourth-grader. “A loss of one hour of sleep is equivalent to [the loss of] two years of cognitive maturation and development,” Dr Avi Sadeh explained.’

The message is simple. As tempting as staying up late is, as fun as it is and as useful and extending your day into the night is — don’t do it! It will affect your performance significantly at school!

NutureShock extends the argument with the following:

Teens who received A’s averaged about fifteen more minutes of sleep than the B students, who in turn averaged fifteen more minutes than the C’s, and so on. Wahlstrom’s data was an almost perfect replication of results from an earlier study of over 3,000 Rhode Island high schoolers by Brown’s Carskadon. Certainly, these are averages, but the consistency of the two studies stands out. Every fifteen minutes counts.

This is a quick read to share a simple message, sleep is good. Compensating for a lack of organisation by working through the night is actually costing you significantly and those late-night video games may well be damaging your performance at school in more than one way.

I hope this awareness helps you make stronger and more insightful decisions about study and sleep. Speaking of the decision making here is the next blog.

Thank you for reading. I hope it helped you,

Chetan Bhatt

founder at worldlytutors.com

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