Students Are Now Allowed to Nap at Some High Schools

By: Joe Hyer

March 7, 2017

Teenagers are usually pretty exhausted, but sleeping at school has been pretty unheard of until now.

Experts say that teens need at least 9 hours of sleep each day, but they say that the average teen only gets about 7 hours of sleep each night. So students are definitely exhausted during the school day, experts say. A few high schools in Las Cruces, New Mexico are trying to combat this problem. These schools are using money from state mental health grants to install sleeping pods on their campuses.

Teens are allowed to use these pods to take 20-minute naps between classes, but most students only use these pods a few times each year.

This initiative helps kids focus during the school day, according to the experts. "Why are they not in science or math class? Well, they could be, but they wouldn't be listening, they wouldn't be paying attention, and so this way we can get them to go back to class and focus,” Dr. Linda Summers, a sleep researcher at New Mexico State University tells NBC News.

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