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Hvil® supports 3-year sleep project

By Mieke van Leeuwen

Since Monday, August 8, 2022, students in grades 7-10 at Th. Langs Skolen in Silkeborg will be allowed to sleep one hour longer in the morning for the next three years.

The sleep project will investigate how an extra hour of sleep can contribute to better well-being and learning among pupils.

Here, Hvil® can help provide data-driven insights into how students sleep and how an extra hour of sleep affects them during the day.

Teenagers have a greater need for sleep

With the start of school, there has been an increased focus on the importance of sleep among teenagers for better well-being and learning. 

Research shows that teenagers biologically undergo a shift in their circadian rhythm similar to that of a B person. This means that teenagers typically function best later in the day and in the evening hours, when their parents may think it's time to go to bed. 

So, if you're 18 and go to bed at 10pm, it may take a few hours to fall asleep because your brain isn't tired yet. In other words, teenagers get tired later than the rest of us, which means they benefit greatly from sleeping an extra hour in the morning. 

Curious about working with Hvil®?

Hvil® is a solution that can be used by organisations that want to help their students, employees, patients or citizens get better and more sleep. 

If you want to know how your organisation can use Hvil® to identify, evaluate or anchor your sleep project, please contact us at info@hvil.dk.

Want to know more the project? 

Zetland explores the movement to tailor school life to young people's needs and the impact this can have on pupils' wellbeing, learning and ultimately their academic achievement and grade point average. If you have Zetland, you can read or listen to the article by clicking here.

DR has written an article explaining the intention behind the sleep project at Th. Langs Skole and how the students at True North Efterskole have already experienced positive effects from the school day starting at 10:00. Read more by clicking here.

P1 Morgen focuses on the sleep project by involving the students themselves. In the feature, they talk about how sleeping longer is more beneficial for teenagers than simply going to bed earlier. Click here to listen to the interview.