According to researchers, encouraging good sleep habits can help adolescents reduce stress and improve their ability to cope with crises.
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Investigations indicate that the end of morning commute, delayed school start time, and cancellation of extracurricular activities allow adolescents to follow their ‘delayed biological rhythm’ or the normal tendency to wake up later. “The epidemic has shown that schools can help delay start-ups and schools interested in supporting the mental health of their students can implement it,” said Ruth Gruber, lead author at McGill University.
For the study, published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, the team included a group of developing adolescents in the study – Time 1: January 15 to March 13 – and Time – 2: May 15 to June 30 – Covid-1 pandemic in Canada last year. Epidemic.
At time 1, each participant’s sleep pattern was assessed in the home environment using acrography and slip logs for seven consecutive nights.
Adolescents reported their sleep schedule, duration and quality as well as their sleep activity, daytime sleep and their social / emotional behavior.
At time 2, each participant completed the same battery of questions related to a sleep log, sleep, and perceived stress scale.
Researchers have found that during the epidemic, adolescents’ waking hours changed about two hours later. Many teens also slept longer and needed less sleep on the weekends.
This change meant that teens had more ‘usable hours’ to complete their homework on weekdays and did not have to give up sleep to fulfill their responsibilities during the week.
“Less sleep duration and higher arousal during sleep were associated with higher levels of stress, whereas longer sleep and lower levels of arousal during sleep were associated with decreased stress,” Gruber said.
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