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Sleepless in school? The social dimensions of young people's bedtime rest and routines

Power, Sally ORCID:, Taylor, Chris ORCID: and Horton, Kim 2017. Sleepless in school? The social dimensions of young people's bedtime rest and routines. Journal of Youth Studies 20 (8) , pp. 945-958. 10.1080/13676261.2016.1273522

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There are increasing concerns that social pressures, such as family changes and social media, are ‘invading’ the sanctuary of the bedroom with the result that students arrive at school tired and stressed. This paper seeks to examine whether these concerns are justified and contribute to the growing literature on the social dimensions of sleep through examining the rest and routines of two cohorts of young people aged 12–13 and 14–15 years old. Our research indicates that, in general, most young people have ‘reasonable’ amounts of sleep and routines. But, a significant proportion does go to school tired, with apparent negative consequences for their well-being. The paper examines some of the within-cohort variations, in particular, the significance of volume of sleep, routines and engagement with social media and how these may reflect the material and cultural circumstances of the young people. The paper concludes by arguing for more research on the complex social causes and consequences of sleep deprivation among today’s youth.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sleep, tiredness, routines, well-being
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1367-6261
Funders: HEFCW
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 January 2017
Date of Acceptance: 13 December 2016
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 19:58

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