After sitting through hours at school, they leave only to get started on mountains of homework. And educators are mixed on its effectiveness. Some say the practice reinforces what students learned during the day, while others argue that it put unnecessary stress on kids and parents , who are often stuck nagging or helping. According to a new study, conducted by the Better Sleep Council , that homework stress is the biggest source of frustration for teens, with 74 percent of those surveyed ranking it the highest, above self-esteem 51 percent parental expectations 45 percent and bullying 15 percent.
Homework vs. Sleep: A Cause of Stress in Teens (And Younger Kids)
Stanford research shows pitfalls of homework
My year-old daughter is finally entering the homestretch of sophomore year, and she has been chronically sleep deprived since September. The reasons are multiple but when you add together 45 minutes of homework per class per night, plus a few extra-curricular activities, plus the downtime spent everyday watching a John Green video on YouTube or chatting with friends, and a normal amount of procrastination, it adds up to between 5 and 7 hours of sleep on an average school night. Throw in a term paper or heavy exam week and the average can easily drop to 3 or 4. My daughter is hardly atypical.
Too Much Homework, Too Little Sleep: Structural Sleep Deprivation in Teens
Art by R'yn Miller. Juan Casas , Reporter. Sleep loss can take a toll on the mind and body at any stage of life, from early childhood to adulthood. But for teenagers, who are at a critical stage of development, skipping out on sleep can be particularly dangerous. Recent studies from the American Psychology Association have shown that stress levels in teens are rising and many believe that lack of sleep can be a big part of the problem.
Alex Dimitriu. The teenage years are a formative period. The brain and body experience significant development, and the transition to adulthood brings important changes that affect emotions, personality, social and family life, and academics.