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Could a good night's rest be the secret to getting good grades at school?

Sleep scientists at Monash University are measuring the impact of changes in sleep, the body clock, and light on teenage brains to uncover how sleep patterns influence brain function, including variations in mood and academic performance.

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Good quality sleep is usually associated with improved concentration, memory and learning. However, as students settle back at school, many parents may be struggling to enforce healthy sleep routines after the holidays, or after lockdown. According to Dr Julia Stone, a sleep researcher from the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, the struggle may be even more significant for teens, who tend to have later and less regular sleep patterns than adults or younger children.

"Teens naturally experience a delay in their internal body clocks, which can lead to later bedtimes and difficulty getting up in the morning. This may be further exacerbated in teens transitioning to high-school. New routines, new friendship groups, and a new environment can all impact their ability to get a good night's sleep," she said.

"Sleep deprivation can lead to problems such as irritability, fatigue, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, impaired school performance, stress, anxiety and even depression."

Are you the parent of a teenager?

Dr Stone is leading the Circadian Light in Adolescence, Sleep and School (CLASS) research study and recruiting teens in Year 7 to volunteer for an exciting 2-year research study on sleep, light, the internal body clock, mood and performance in teenagers!

 

What will participants need to do?

  • Complete a daily sleep diary for 14 days, every 6 months

  • Wear an activity watch for 14 days, every 6 months

  • Answer online questionnaires about mood, stress, sleep and lifestyle every 6 months

  • 3 annual visits to a sleep laboratory at Monash University for an 8-hour evening collection of saliva samples (completed remotely when required during social distancing)

  • 2 visits (Year 7 and Year 9) for a 1 hour reading and maths test (completed remotely when required during social distancing)
     

    What criteria do teens need to meet to participate?

  • Students currently in Year 7

  • Living in Melbourne

  • Access to a smartphone

  • Not diagnosed neurodevelopmental, psychiatric or sleep disorders
     

    What will teens get?

  • Up to $200 for teens and $80 for parents

  • Receive personalised feedback on your sleep

  • Movie vouchers on your birthday
     

    Why is this study important?

    By learning about teenagers' sleep and how it affects their daily life, It's possible to find ways to help individuals who might be struggling with their wellbeing or school work.

    ​This is the first study to follow teenagers over time and look at the effect of light exposure on the body clock and how this affects teenagers' sleep patterns and academic performance.

     

    If your teenager would like to participate, please complete the survey by using this link: https://is.gd/CLASSinterest

    Please share to help spread the word!

    Consent from a parent/legal guardian is required to participate in this research.

    If you have any questions please contact at base.class@monash.edu

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