Science Wants You To Sleep In

First period in school is a tough one. When you're bleary-eyed and half-awake, it's almost impossible to concentrate on anything the teacher is saying. Just a little more sleep would make the early AM so much more tolerable! Boo-hoo. However, rejoice, because science is on your side! A new study has found that starting school a half-hour later in the morning helped students at a Rhode Island private school focus more on classes. Not only that, but the general mood of the student body was also better. The experiment was so successful that they changed their starting time from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM. (Lucky ducks!)

The study by Dr. Judith Owens was published in the July issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. And the results are not due to teenage laziness, there's an actual scientific reason why it's so hard to get out of bed in the morning. When you go through puberty, your circadian rhythms (your "internal body clock") shift, and biologically, your body wants to go to sleep later and wake up later.

Now, if science would only prove more things, like why you need a bigger allowance and a later curfew...