Published Mar 29, 2016, 5:00 am SGT
Insufficient sleep adversely affects cognition and is detrimental to physical well-being
Tan Weizhen, The Straits Times
On school days, junior college student Wong Rui En, 18, doesn’t go to bed till past midnight, but has to drag herself out of bed at 6.30am.
She ticks off the list of things she has to do. School ends at 4.30pm, and she has co-curricular activities or tuition till after 8pm, or even 10pm. Then she gets down to homework.
“Sure, I feel tired. But I’ve got used to it,” she said with a shrug.
Rui En is a typical teen here.
Research is increasingly showing that such a truncated amount of sleep for children in her age group has a detrimental impact on mental and physical health.
A new study by the Duke-NUS Medical School found that teens who had insufficient sleep did worse cognitively than teens on the recommended full amount of sleep for their age group, even after just a week.
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