Early to Bed, Grades Rise
Apr 07, 2011 04:51PM
● By Dr. Brian Walsh
After examining the results of 238 questionnaires completed by students attending middle school or high school, researchers say missed sleep can lead to poor performance in school for adolescents. According to the surveys, students with lower grade point averages (GPAs) were more likely to have restless, aching legs when attempting to fall asleep, difficulty concentrating during the day, snoring every night, a hard time waking up in the morning, sleepiness during the day and falling asleep in class.
While previous studies found that adolescents with sleep problems do not perform as well in school as other students, this study provides additional evidence indicating that sleep disturbances occur at high frequencies in adolescents and significantly affect daytime performance. (Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine – 2/15/07.) Food sensitivities may be a contributing factor to sleep problems and there are safe, natural alternatives to medication to correct other causes.
Dr. Brian Walsh, of CARE Chiropractic & Wellness Center has helped children and adults find the cause of sleep problems using Nutrition Response Testing SM. Located at 2104 W. New Haven Avenue, CARE Chiropractic & Wellness Center offers holistic services for the whole family. For more information call 321-728-1387, or visit www.drwalshcares.com.