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Sleep and Learning

Sleep and learning

Sleep in relation to school

Sleep has been directly linked to the grades of students. One in four U.S. high school students admit to falling asleep in class at least once a week. Consequently, results have shown that those who sleep less do poorly. In the United States sleep deprivation is common with students because almost all schools begin early in the morning and many of these students either choose to stay awake late into the night or cannot do otherwise due to delayed sleep phase syndrome. As a result, students that should be getting between 8.5 and 9.25 hours of sleep are getting only 7 hours. Perhaps because of this sleep deprivation, their grades lower and their concentration is impaired.  As a result of studies showing the effects of sleep deprivation on grades, and the different sleep patterns for teenagers, a school in New Zealand, changed its start time to 10:30 a.m., in 2006, to allow students to keep to a schedule that allowed more sleep. In 2009, Monkseaton High School, in North Tyneside, had 800 pupils aged 13–19 starting lessons at 10 a.m. instead of the normal 9 a.m. and has reported that general absence has dropped by 8% and persistent absenteeism by 27%. Similarly, a high school in Copenhagen has committed to providing at least one class per year for students who will start at 10 a.m. or later.

How well do you sleep at night?

What causes you from getting a good night sleep?

How many hours of sleep do you get each night?

How many hours of sleep do you think are adequate?

What time should schools start? Why?


Yakgwa (Food and Culture)

Yakgwa (약과), is deep-fried, wheat-based han-gwa (Korean confections). Traditionally, the sweet was offered in a je-sa (ancestral rite) and enjoyed on festive days such as chu-seok (harvest festival), marriages, or hwan-gap (sixtieth-birthday) celebrations. In modern South Korea, it is also served as a dessert and can be bought at traditional markets or supermarkets.

Could you describe what Yak-gwa taste like?

How often do you eat Yak-gwa?

What do people do in Ja-sa? Chu-seok? Hwan-gap?

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