Students Are Out Of Sync With The School Day And It's Badly Affecting Their Grades, According To A New Study

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Robin Andrews 30 Mar 2018, 18:08

As many are increasingly aware, our internal clocks are nothing like the ones you have on your phone or on the wall. They can’t simply be altered at will, and everyone has a somewhat pre-set rhythm, one influenced by our genes. If we try to, or are forced to, live according to an artificially determined tick-tock of the clock, then our body will suffer.

This results in SJL for billions of people around the world, to varying degrees. Sleep deprivation to any degree affects, among other physiological things, our cognitive abilities, so this study’s findings really aren’t that surprising at all.

Yes, grades are not solely determined by your sleep cycle; intelligence, effort, and so on play major, arguably more important roles too. Nevertheless, this is a correlation worth talking about, seeing as it’s part of a conversation more than a century in the making.

Without a doubt, it’s time society re-examined how it deals with work and education. Just take the 8-hour working day, largely based on a 9-to-5-style of working hours. This first emerged out of the Industrial Revolution, where incredibly long working days, kept that way to maximize output, were advised to be shortened to a far more sustainable 8 hours per day.

This was based on a campaign slogan, one that was implemented in 1914 by the Ford Motor Company. Others followed suit once they realized this led to better worker efficiency, and it was quickly adopted elsewhere. The problem is that this assumes everyone’s internal clocks are the same, which isn’t the case – so this clearly benefits those who aren’t early birds or night owls.

It’s clear that the clash between society’s traditions of time, work, and education don’t match up to what we are increasingly learning about our biological clocks. Evidence is mounting that a better, healthier world would come about with the individualization of education and employment.

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