7-Tips-to-Shift-Your-Sleep-ScheduleThe Question: Does sleep education affect the sleep habits of high school students?

The Study: In this study from Hong Kong, 1,545 high school students received intensive education on the benefits of proper sleep hygiene including getting enough sleep, the proper time to go to sleep, and avoiding caffeine. Their parents and teachers were offered sleep education seminars. The controls were 2,168 matched teens who didn’t receive the training.

The Results: The teens that had the sleep education displayed improved sleep knowledge, decreased caffeine consumption and better sleep behaviors. However, the amount of sleep the teens in each group reported was essentially the same.

Comment: The teens in this study understood the importance of good sleep hygiene and caffeine avoidance, but all this had little impact on their sleep patterns.

Read More: Pediatrics, 03/14

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