One county in Md. has decided, against better judgment, not to change school start times to after 8 AM. Not the best approach.
Sleep helps our brain strengthen memories, and good sleep therefore can help us learn. But that same strengthening can also get in the way.
Doctors think teens need 9 hrs of sleep a night; that sleep is limited to about 7 hrs a night when teens have high screen time.
If you get less sleep, say because school starts too early in the morning, you’re more likely to have anxiety. Are there other causes for teen anxiety?
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to 3 Americans who helped us explain the circadian rhythms that control things like when teenagers sleep.
The Calif. legislature had an opportunity to do something good for kids. They failed. Once again, it’s a fight for local control vs. science.
We have written that starting high school after 8:30 AM can lead to better outcomes for safety and learning. It might also help the economy.
The early morning starts of most high schools work against teens’ natural sleep patterns. Experts say change is needed. Parents aren’t sure.
Research continues to underscore the benefits of starting the high school day at or after 8:30. Grad rate, attendance up after change.
Evidence is overwhelming that teens need to sleep to a comfortable time, which makes starting high school before 8:30 problematic.