The influence of school time on sleep patterns of children and adolescents.

Research paper by Alicia A Carissimi, Fabiane F Dresch, Alessandra Castro AC Martins, Rosa Maria RM Levandovski, Ana A Adan, Vincenzo V Natale, Monica M Martoni, Maria Paz MP Hidalgo

Indexed on: 21 May '16Published on: 21 May '16Published in: Sleep Medicine


This epidemiological study evaluated the impact of school time on sleep parameters of children and adolescents.This cross-sectional study involved 639 elementary and high school students (mean age 13.03 years, range 8-18, 58.5% female) from the south of Brazil. Participants answered the Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire (MEQ), and were asked about their sleeping habits on weekdays and weekends. Sleep deficit was defined as the difference between sleep duration on weekdays and weekends.The morning-school-time students presented significantly higher age, bedtime and wake up differences, sleep deficits, and social jetlag. The sleep deficit presented by girls was greater than that observed in boys of the same age. The difference between weekday and weekend waking times was also significantly greater in girls than in boys aged 13-18 years. Sleep deficit was significantly positively correlated with age and differences in wake up times, and significantly negatively correlated with MEQ scores, social jetlag, difference between weekday and weekend bedtimes, midpoint of sleep on weekends, and midpoint of sleep on weekends corrected for sleep deficit. A step-by-step multivariate logistic regression identified social jetlag, the difference between waking times on weekdays and weekends, and the midpoint of sleep on weekends as significant predictors of sleep deficit (Adjusted R(2) = 0.95; F = 1606.87; p <0.001).The results showed that school time influences the sleep parameters. The association of school schedules and physiological factors influence the sleep/wake cycle.