Sleep Experts Are Urging Schools To Start Late in UAE For Better Results
Sleep experts have urged schools in the United Arab Emirates to start late in the morning to ensure teens get enough rest. Professor Mary Carskadon, a sleep expert at Brown University, traveled to the United Arab Emirates this week to highlight the benefits of late school hours.
According to Professor Carskadon, most adolescents “accumulate night after night with sleep debts” that affect their mood, ability to think, act and behave.
We have children who fall asleep in class, have learning difficulties, do poorly at sports, and have trouble getting along with others due to lack of sleep.
Teenagers need at least 9 hours of sleep to function properly. Professor Carskadon’s research shows that most teenagers only get 7 to 7.5 hours of sleep a night, with many getting significantly less sleep on school nights.
He warned that sleep-deprived teens can have symptoms similar to narcolepsy, an uncontrollable craving for sleep.
Professor Carskadon revealed the findings during a panel discussion organized by the University of Birmingham in Dubai, Jumeira High School and Nurture2Sleep, a Dubai-based sleep consultancy.