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Calif. law requires a sane start time for teens

A new law in Calif. will require public middle schools to start no earlier than 8:00 and high schools no earlier than 8:30.

Sleep deprivation hinders memory, many critical tasks

Sleep deprivation is detrimental to everything from bakers adding too much salt to cookies to surgeons botching surgeries.

Low grades if sleeping goes against circadian rhythm

Research continues to build showing teens should listen to their bodies when it comes to sleep. Schools should adjust if necessary.

Howard Co. rescinds policy to start school after 8 AM

One county in Md. has decided, against better judgment, not to change school start times to after 8 AM. Not the best approach.

Sleep plays an important role in memory

Sleep helps our brain strengthen memories, and good sleep therefore can help us learn. But that same strengthening can also get in the way.

Teens getting less sleep than in 1991

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.

Teen anxiety more likely with less sleep

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?

Circadian rhythm studies win a Nobel Prize

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.

Will later school start times come to California?

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.

Later start times could boost the US economy

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.