Late-Night Cramming May Hurt School Test Results
TUESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Quiz time: Is it a good idea for high school students to stay up later than usual cramming for that final?
New research suggests it's not: Sleep-deprived studying appears to lead to worse results on tests and also hurts academic performance, researchers report.
The study relies on the perceptions of students about how they performed in school and on tests, not their actual grades. That means there's no way to know if trading studying for sleep actually lowers grades on average or has a smaller, less noticeable effect.
Still, the research does offer insight into the disruptive power of choosing to study late and get less sleep than usual, said study lead author Cari Gillen-O'Neel, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles.Read entire article...