Getting enough sleep is important for the development of young bodies and minds. This podcast discusses the topic of delayed start times for high school and middle schools. Created: 8/20/2015 by MMWR.
Date Released: 8/20/2015. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Early to Rise
School Start Times for Middle School and High School Students – United States, 2011-12 School Year
Recorded: August 18, 2015; posted: August 20, 2015
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Getting enough sleep is important for the development of young bodies and minds. Teenagers need at least eight hours of sleep every night. Homework, extracurricular activities, and changing biological rhythms often result in students going to bed too late. Five out of six middle and high schools in the U.S. begin before 8:30 AM. Because of early school start times, many students aren’t getting enough rest before classes. School systems should consider delaying start times to allow students more time for sleep. Meanwhile, parents should help their children keep a consistent sleep schedule and limit access to electronics in the evening.
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