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Sleeping in may boost your teen's test results

Parents have struggled for years with how to get their teenager out of bed, now researchers are attempting to discover if a lie-in leads to better exam results.

A new study is to look at whether starting lessons later, and educating students about the benefits of sleep, boosts marks.

The trial, led by academics at Oxford University, is one of six projects being set up to investigate how neuroscience could improve education.

Other experiments include examining whether pupils do better when there is an element of chance in their reward for answering a question correctly and the impact of physical activity on academic results.


Around 31,800 14 to 16-year-olds are due to take part in the sleep study, with the main trial lasting two years.

In the first year, one group of pupils will be given sleep education - such as the benefits of getting enough rest - and the other will not.

And in the second year, one group of students will start lessons at 10am.

Sleep education could involve highlighting the benefits of getting a good night's rest, such as being more likely to win a place on a sports team and appearing more attractive to the opposite sex.

As part of the study, pupils may be asked to keep sleep diaries and wear electronic devices that monitor sleep.