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Sleepy Students Allowed to Nap at Some NM Schools

The NIH recommends teens get 9-10 hours every night

A handful of high schools in New Mexico are letting their students sleep in school, NBC News reported.

Not during class, though. The schools in Las Cruces are letting students take 20-minute naps between classes in sleeping pods, so they can focus better on their education.

"They wouldn't be listening, they wouldn't be paying attention" if students weren't getting enough sleep, said New Mexico State University sleep researcher Linda Summers.

Teens need a lot of sleep but get little. The National Institutes of Health recommends they get 9-10 hours every night, but only a third of teens are sleeping even 8 hours.

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