Do Spanish schools leave  your children jet-lagged?

A STUDY by Valencia’s Quirónsalud Hospital, has investigated a link between teenage fatigue and school hours. And Gonzalo Pin, a leading paediatrician at the hospital, wants a change in the school timetable, to coincide with a teenager’s body clock.
Pin believes the issue is that the general school-day for adolescents is 8am-2.30pm, which means the youngsters won’t eat lunch until 3pm at the earliest, thus pushing work, study, dinner and bedtime further into the night.
This creates a perpetual jet-lag effect, while the current school hours also work against a teenager’s biological clock, because they are less likely to be alert and functioning before 9am.
“Our research shows that adapting school timetables to the biological clock increases academic performance by at least 1%, particularly in children who had been performing poorly,” said Pin. “It also reduces the number of behavioural problems in the classroom, making learning time more efficient.”
As a result of the study, schools in Catalonia are trialling a new scheme, in which students are being given a 1-2pm lunchtime. That means they don’t have to eat when they get home.
Pin is also pushing for school opening times to be pushed back an hour, to 9am, so that students can have for a proper breakfast before arriving. It will also give them time to wake up properly, before lessons start.

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