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A good night’s sleep can help students achieve better grades, says UAE doctor

Emirati doctors urge students to get enough rest at night. They warn that if students get less sleep, their grades will also suffer.

On World Sleep Day, March 17 each year, medical experts emphasize the need to get enough rest — especially undisturbed sleep.

They state, “A good night’s sleep is critical for students to thrive not only academically but also physically and emotionally. Students are recommended to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night.”

“Sleep is critical for cognitive function, including concentration, memory and learning. When students get enough sleep, they are better able to focus in class, retain information and perform well on exams,” said Canadian Specialist in Dubai Dr Deep Bhattacharya, Hospital Emergency/Intensive Care GP, told us harrij times on Friday.

Dr. Bhattacharya added that sleep is also crucial for the growth and development of the body. “During sleep, the body releases hormones that promote growth and repair tissue, and sleep deprivation has been linked to a range of health problems, including obesity, diabetes and a weakened immune system,” he explained.

how much sleep students get

The usual school start time is between 7.00am and 7.30am, with many students getting up between 5.30 and 6.30am and most of them staying late after midnight. In a study last year at Gulf Medical University in Ajman, 63.2 percent of participants reported widespread sleep problems, according to the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. Of the 131 participants with sleep problems, 95 (or 72.5%) had sleep problems. Of the 183 participants who reported no sleep problems, 103 (56.3%) had sleep problems. Younger teens had a 70 percent higher risk of sleep problems than older teens, and teens in 10th and 11th grade had a 70 percent higher risk than older teens.

What happens if students don’t get enough sleep

When they don’t get enough sleep, their concentration and memory are also impaired. Their ability to do well academically can also be affected. A study of 600 U.S. college freshmen published earlier this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that sleep quality dropped by 0.07 points for an average of one hour less sleep per night at the start of the semester. The student’s final GPA (overall grade point average). “The impact of sleep deprivation on student performance was more pronounced when students were getting fewer than six hours of sleep per night,” said study lead author David Creswell, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University. pointed out.

doctor’s prescription

Dr. Aly Ragheb Aly, Consultant in Pediatrics and Neonatology at the Saudi German Hospital in Ajman, suggested that schools should start no earlier than 8.30am if possible to allow students to get a good night’s sleep.

“Getting enough sleep will help improve students’ concentration and concentration. It will also maximize their mental concentration and memory. They can be active in school activities and improve their academic performance. They will also avoid extra stress , behavioral problems, and type 2 diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health issues associated with sleep deprivation,” Dr. Aly added.

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