How does sleep effect our ability to learn and retain knowledge?___Question

Question: How does sleep effect our ability to learn and retain knowledge?

 

The amount of sleep needed for the proper develop and functioning of a adolescent is between 9 to 9 and a half hours of sleep per night, thing is on average they only sleep somewhere between 7 to 7 and a half hours, a whole two hours less then recommended. So, I wonder what effect this has on how effectively we learn, and our ability to perform at school. An important part in the average amount of sleep we get is the fact that our internal clock tells us to sleep 11pm, rather then 9pm, but most people need to wake up at 6 or earlier because they need to get to school. So, is the time school starting at negatively impacting the lives of its students? The reason this question actually caught my attention was because of one of my teachers side comments, "school is not based off the biological clock of the students, but the adults", and its true because adults only need 7 to 7 and a half hours of sleep, which works perfectly with going to sleep at 11pm and waking up at 6am.


 

Any thoughts on the topic would be greatly appreciated.

 

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