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Why School Should Start Later in the Morning

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken a strong stand on the issue of adolescent sleep deficiency and is trying, for the first time, to influence education policymakers to start middle and high school classes later in the morning.

A number of studies have conclusively proven that adolescents need sleep to thrive both physically and academically, and later school start times should help kids get the recommended 8.5 – 9.5 hours of sleep per night.

“Both the CDC and the pediatricians’ group cited significant risks that come with lack of sleep, including higher rates of obesity and depression and motor-vehicle accidents among teens as well as an overall lower quality of life.”

“Getting enough sleep is important for students’ health, safety, and academic performance,” Anne Wheaton, the lead author and epidemiologist in the CDC’s Division of Population Health, said in a statement. “Early school start times, however, are preventing many adolescents from getting the sleep they need.”

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