Summary of “Later School Start Times Really Do Work To Help Teens Get More Sleep”

Later School Start Times Really Do Work To Help Teens Get More Sleep : Shots – Health News American teens are chronically sleep deprived, in part because of early school start times.
How much difference can a later start make? As Seattle’s school district found out, it can help a lot.
As evidence grows that chronic sleep deprivation puts teens at risk for physical and mental health problems, there is increasing pressure on school districts around the country to consider a later start time.
They found students got 34 minutes more sleep on average with the later school start time.
“This study shows a significant improvement in the sleep duration of students, all by delaying school start times so they’re more in line with the natural wake-up times of adolescents,” says senior author Horacio de la Iglesia, a University of Washington researcher and professor of biology.
Seattle’s switch to later start times is still unusual for school districts around the country, where school typically starts around 8 a.m. In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement calling on school districts to move start times to 8:30 a.m. or later for middle and high schools so that students can get at least 8 1/2 hours of sleep a night.
Franklin High School science teacher A.J. Katzaroff says “There was lots of yawning” when school started at 7:50 a.m. Students had a hard time engaging in the work or in brief discussions, which is extremely unfortunate.
The later school start time gave them a better opportunity to make it to school on time.

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