Staying up late can significantly influence academic results and give rise to emotional problems in teens.
A new study done by researchers of the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that those teens, who stay up very late at night, are highly likely to have lower grades along with other emotional problems.
To draw the conclusion, researchers analyzed data from about 2,700 U.S. teens who were aged between 13 to 18 years. Of these, about 30 per cent reported to going to bed later than 11:30 p.m. on school night and after 1:30 a.m. in the summer time.
It was observed that by the time teens graduated from high school, those teens that stayed up late during school year had lower scores of GPA. They were also more likely to go through emotional problems compared with those that took early to bed.
As far as going to bed late during summer was concerned, it was found that that did not affect the grades much, though there is some association between bedtimes in summer as well as emotional problems during adulthood.
The researches pointed out that their findings supported later middle as well as high school morning start times. There is, however, an association between later bedtimes in summer and emotional problems.
The study was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
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