If you let your child stay awake through the night preparing for exams, here’s why you should not: Amit Jha, a 17-year old ISC student developed high blood pressure and collapsed in his exam hall on Tuesday at the Kandivli-based Gundecha Academy after having deprived himself of sleep for 48 hours.
Fifteen minutes into the maths paper, the teenager started shivering, feeling dizzy, getting stomach cramps and throwing up. The school’s medical attendant found that his BP was 160/110.
School authorities helped him relax through yoga and got him to take a nap. Jha said he was nervous about the maths paper.
Doctors warn parents that sacrificing sleep is dangerous. “It escalates depression, can result in short-term memory loss and blank spells,” said psychiatrist Vijay Jamsandekar.
Jha was given extra time and completed his paper.