03 Dec '17, 2pm

Why later school start times are a great idea:

Why later school start times are a great idea:

For the past several years, health experts — including those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) — have expounded on the health benefits of a later school start time for older students. Thanks to hormones and bodily changes, many teens have a harder time falling asleep at night and therefore a harder time dragging themselves out of bed in the morning. When they do get up, it's often after getting only a fraction of the nine plus hours of sleep they need to stay healthy. Pushing back middle and high school start times could alleviate the chronic sleep deprivation seen among teens, an issue that has been linked to an increased risk for obesity, higher levels of anxiety and depression, a greater likelihood of risky behavior, lower test scores, and higher rates of drowsy driving. But despite the health benefit...

Full article: https://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/blogs/later-...

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