Later School Start to Help Older Kids Sleep, Pediatricians Urge
(HealthDay News) — U.S. high schools and middle schools should start classes later in the morning to allow kids some much-needed sleep, a leading group of pediatricians is urging.
Ideally, the American Academy of Pediatrics says, the first bell should ring at 8:30 a.m. or later – which is the case at only 15% of U.S. high schools right now.
The recommendations, published online August 25 in Pediatrics, are based on research showing that U.S. kids are sleep deprived, which has consequences for their health, school performance, and safety.
At the very least, classes should start no earlier than 8 a.m., said Judith Owens, MD, the lead author of a new academy policy statement on school start times.