Paul Teys, Principal, 08/02/2016
The smelliness of a teenager's bedroom plays an important role in their sleep deprivation, which also hits their exam results. Professor of sleep medicine Colin Espie at Oxford University said young people never open their windows, their rooms are never ventilated. They need to be taught to open bedroom windows and turn heating down to improve their sleep. The smelly bedroom is a by-product of the fact that the room is full of rebreathed air, which is low in oxygen and high in nitrogen. If you keep on rebreathing the same air in a small bedroom that is hot and not ventilated, you will wake up with a headache after a poor night's sleep. They should get rid of smartphones and iPads, which emit light that suppresses the normal night-time release of melatonin - a crucial hormone in the body's clock and make their bedrooms as dark as possible and make sure rooms are tidy and not smelly. According to the latest research, teenagers are not properly awake until about 9-10 am — two to four hours later than adults — and they learn most in the afternoons.
Colin Espie of Oxford University