A new study from the United Kingdom has revealed that there is a strong connection between sleeping in class and the propensity to commit crimes in adulthood. The study shows that teen boys who tend to doze off in class on a regular basis are 4.5 times more likely to develop an anti-social behavior and get involved in violent crimes by the time they reach the age of 29. The good news is that this inclination can be mended with a healthy sleep regimen.
Probably most of us have been caught taking a short nap during the morning classes, especially after a heavy night of playing video games or hanging around with our best friends. However, it’s highly unlikely that you dozed off again in class after being caught by the teacher.
Still, all of us should recall that one person who seemed to favor his bench over the be. A new study from the United Kingdom suggests that adolescents who often fall asleep during morning classes have more chances of developing an anti-social behavior and to get involved in often violent crimes in later adulthood.
Adrian Raine, the project’s coordinator, declared that it’s only natural in some cases for daytime drowsiness to be the catalyst for anti-social behavior, especially in teenagers. Raine noted that students who fall asleep during classes have a short attention span, which might later lead to a brain dysfunction.
Moreover, daytime drowsiness can also impede the students’ brain to figure out what is allowed and what is condemnable. For the purpose of the study, Raine and his team examined the behavior of approximately 100 teenage male students.
The participants were asked to fill in weekly questionnaires about school activity and sleep habits. Also, the researchers sought ways to evaluated their attention and overall school conduct. The study’s results are more than promising.
After taking a closer look at the data, Raine and his team discovered that approximately 17 percent of all teenagers who admitted to dozing off in class on a daily had criminal records ranging from petty thefts to violent crimes. Raine concluded by saying that teens who slept in class were 4.5 times more likely to developed an anti-social behavior and to be convicted of one or more crimes in later adulthood.
The project’s lead researcher said that there is still hope for the parents – a strict bedtime routine and a couple of sessions of psychotherapy.
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