A newly published article in the BBC talks about the alarming rise of sleep deprivation among students. This trend is more rampant in developed countries, since students have easy access to mobile phones and computers in bedrooms late at night.
The international comparison was done by Boston College and the researchers found out that the US has the highest number of sleep-deprived students, with 73% of 9 and 10-year-olds and 80% of 13 and 14-year-olds. This is quite high when compared to the international average of 47% of primary pupils needing more sleep and 57% among the secondary age group.
The top 5 countries with sleep deprived students are:
Countries where sleep has the least impact on learning are:
“Sleep is a fundamental need for all children,” Chad Minnich of the TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College told the BBC. “Our data show that across countries internationally, on average, children who have more sleep achieve higher in maths, science and reading,” Minnich added.