Sunday, April 6, 2008
Feel Dead in the Morning?
(Artwork by Phillip Toledano)
Do you ever snooze through the alarm? Fall asleep during class? Pass out in the middle of fascinating discussions of 13th century Latvian history? If so, I'm sure someone's been giving you a hard time about it. In that case, I recommend printing out a copy of this article from the New York Times.
According to scientists, teenagers just aren't meant to get up that early in the morning! "Research shows that teenagers’ body clocks are set to a schedule that is different from that of younger children or adults. This prevents adolescents from dropping off until around 11 p.m., when they produce the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, and waking up much before 8 a.m. when their bodies stop producing melatonin. The result is that the first class of the morning is often a waste, with as many as 28 percent of students falling asleep, according to a National Sleep Foundation poll. Some are so sleepy they don’t even show up."
Finally science is on your side! Why not sleep in tomorrow?