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Doctors Urge Schools To Start Later So Teens Can Sleep Longer

The American Medical Association is urging middle schools and high schools to start classes no earlier than 8:30 am so that teens can get the sleep they need for better health and concentration.

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“The influential doctors group said nearly 10 percent of U.S. high schools today begin at or before 7:30 a.m. as districts try to make time for additional classes, sports and extracurricular activities.”

“Sleep deprivation is a growing public health issue affecting our nation’s adolescents, putting them at risk for mental, physical and emotional distress and disorders,” said Dr. William Kobler, an AMA board member.

“Scientific evidence strongly suggests that allowing adolescents more time for sleep at the appropriate hours results in improvements in health, academic performance, behavior, and general well-being,” he added.

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