New Study: Hebrew School as Effective a Sleep Aid as Prescription Drugs*


The study could be a game-changer for pharmaceutical companies and self-help gurus.

Four hours of Hebrew school each week are more effective in inducing sleep than taking Ambien each night, according to a groundbreaking new study.

The findings have caused a stir among scientists and Jewish educators, with both groups saying they are reviewing the study, which was a collaborative effort between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a fourth-grade classroom, to determine what practical applications it could have for public health and education.

In recent years, Jewish educators have been trying to innovate and change the old models of supplementary education, but now, analysts say, they may take a different approach: Embrace the sleep.

“I always see kids nodding out as I explain the difference between the sound of a chet and a hay,’ ” said Rosie Rosenstein, a longtime teacher at Congregation Bnai Elohim in Jenkintown. “Now I say, ‘Oy, let them sleep.’ “

Leaders of pharmaceutical companies and self-help gurus also said they are exploring if there is a way to patent the boredom.

Author and life coach Tony Robbins described the study as a “game-changer.”

The study measured sleep patterns, in addition to how often sore throats emerged before Hebrew school.

Sammy Steinbaum, a fourth-grade student in Wynnewood, said he was more than willing to participate in the study.

“I said to my Dad, ‘Now you see what I have been talking about,’ ” said Steinbaum. “Eli’s parents don’t make him go. Why do I have to?”

Woody Bernstein is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and has taken fire in helicopters in almost every battle since the War of 1812.
*This article is part of the Exponent's Purim shpiel edition.


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