Pushing Back Morning Start Time

Now that school has started, are your teenagers complaining about having to get up so EARLY for their first class of the day? Well, America’s pediatricians may be on their side.

 

According to Fox News, the American Academy of Pediatrics believes that delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. would help teens get the sleep they need.

 

The lack of enough sleep has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems. The pediatricians say teens are especially at risk, and that for them, “chronic sleep loss has increasingly become the norm.”

 

Studies have found that most U.S. students in middle school and high school don’t get the recommended amount of sleep, which is 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours on school nights. Most high school seniors get an average of less than seven hours per night.

 

According to government figures, more than 40 percent of the nation’s public high schools start classes before 8 a.m. And school bus pickup times typically mean kids have to get up before dawn if they want to take the bus.

 

So what about simply having school get out later in the day? Kristen Amundson with the National Association of State Boards of Education says that would be costly.

 

That’s because school buses often make multiple runs each day for older and younger students.   She adds that a later dismissal time would impact after-school sports and cut into the time allowed for homework and after-school jobs,

 

Uh, maybe I’m missing something here, but why not simply make your kid go to BED earlier? If you turn off all electronics at 9PM—including mobile technology, you may be amazed at how quickly your teen falls asleep!

 

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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