Tue Dec 18 09:55:55 EST 2018
It’s the bane of every teen’s existence. After sitting through hours at school, they leave only to get started on mountains of homework. And educators are mixed on its effectiveness. Some say the practice reinforces what students learned during the day, while others argue that it put unnecessary stress on kids and parents, who are often stuck nagging or helping.
According to a new study, conducted by the Better Sleep Council, that homework stress is the biggest source of frustration for teens, with 74 percent of those surveyed ranking it the highest, above self-esteem (51 percent) parental expectations (45 percent) and bullying (15 percent).
Homework is taking up a large chunk of their time, too — around 15-plus hours a week, with about one-third of teens reporting that it’s closer to 20-plus hours.
The stress and excessive homework adds up to lost sleep, the BSC says. According to the survey, 57 percent of teenagers said that they don’t get enough sleep, with 67 reporting that they get just five to seven hours a night — a far cry from the recommended eight to ten hours. The BSC says that their research shows that when teens feel more stressed, their sleep suffers. They go to sleep later, wake up earlier and have more trouble falling and staying asleep than less-stressed teens.
“We’re finding that teenagers are experiencing this cycle where they sacrifice their sleep to spend extra time on homework, which gives them more stress — but they don’t get better grades,” said Mary Helen Rogers, the vice president of marketing and communications for the BSC.
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Another interesting finding from this study: students who go to bed earlier and wake up earlier do better academically than those who stay up late, even if those night owls are spending that time doing homework.
To end this cycle of sleep deprivation and stress, the BSC recommends that students try setting a consistent time to go to sleep each night, regardless of leftover homework. And their other sleep tips are good for anyone, regardless of age — keep the temperature between 65 and 67 degrees, turn off the electronic devices before bed, make sure the mattress is comfy and reduce noise with earplugs or sound machines.
Tue Dec 18 09:51:48 EST 2018
Bethenny Frankel has publicly addressed her new relationship for the first time.
“I have a rare fish allergy. Sunday, I had soup, itched & was unconscious for 15 mins then to ER & ICU for 2 days w BP of 60/40,” she tweeted. “I couldn’t talk, see, thought I had a stroke & dying & told if 5 mins later I’d be dead. 911 & EPI saved me. I’ll never not carry an #epipen.”
In response to a fan who brought up the Bravo star’s “new boyfriend,” Frankel acknowledged his role in the scary incident, tweeting: “He saved my life.”
A source told PEOPLE Frankel, 48, “almost died.”
“It was that serious,” said the source. “Her blood pressure was through the roof and she was unconscious. She went into anaphylactic shock. Her boyfriend friend saved her life.”
Multiple sources told PEOPLE in September that Frankel is dating real estate developer and film producer Paul Bernon. The star was also spotted getting affectionate with a dark-haired man who appeared to be Bernon in photos obtained by TMZ in October.
Bernon lives in the greater Boston area, which is where Frankel was when she suffered the reaction. (She thanked Newton Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts by tagging them on Twitter and writing, “xo.”)
While she’s been pouring herself into hurricane relief efforts since his death, Frankel, she’s still mourning the loss.
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“The work I am doing for hurricane relief is a good outlet, but I’m trying to not get too immersed and not avoid the grieving process and feeling,” she told PEOPLE in September. “I am going through an emotional storm and must go through and not around it.”
“People are suffering way more than I am,” she added. “People have helped me get through my despair with their love and inspiration and now it is my turn.”
Tue Dec 18 09:39:55 EST 2018
Sandra Bullock wants her kids to keep the holidays in perspective.
Bullock explained that Christmas at her abode is normally “really, really overdone because I overdo it, and then I panic that I didn’t do enough, and then I get more, and then everyone else has overdone it.”
“But this year we just stopped,” she shared. “We just stopped because there’s so much happening in the world where people don’t have anything. And we said, ‘Why don’t we just make this about other people?’ And they were amazing about it.”
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In 2015, before her first Christmas with both Louis and Laila at home, Bullock opened up to PEOPLE about her funny holiday tradition. “Usually I dress as Santa and sneak outside so that there is a Santa sighting in the dark Christmas Eve,” she said.
“But Louis is onto me that I always have to ‘walk the dog’ when the family has their sighting,” Bullock continued. “So I ordered the XL Santa suit this year and will pass the torch to my brother-in-law so I may watch Laila see him for the first time.”
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In 2011, Bullock revealed her unusual Christmas dinner habit on The Tonight Show. “Since my mother passed, we break the law because we have to manage to smuggle German sausages into the country, and apparently bringing meats across the waters is against the law,” she said.
Bullock’s new role in Bird Boxis not quite as cozy as her holiday seasons of past have been. Alongside Sarah Paulson, she stars in the apocalyptic thriller about people who will witness their worst fears if they remove their blindfolds.
“Oddly, this came about when my kids said, ‘Why don’t you make something for us?’ ” Bullock shared on Today. “I now realize they were talking about animated or Marvel.”
“Lou was very interested in what everyone’s worst fear was,” Bullock recalled of her kids’ time on the set. “He would go around to the actors saying, ‘What is your worst fear?’ He knew what mine was. Mine was anything happening to them. I said, ‘I’m not gonna tell you how dark I go.’ But I said, ‘Anything that happens to you.’ ”
“I think the worst thoughts all day. They know I worry all the time,” she added. “All the time. 24/7.”