Many parents are familiar with the daily battle to wake up a sleepy teenager. Most middle schools across the country start at 8 a.m. and 40 percent of high schools begin before 8 a.m.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, that's too early. In a powerful new policy statement issued today, the group calls for school start times to be pushed back to 8:30 a.m. or later. They argue that lack of sleep causes a host of physical and mental health problems in teens and diminishes their academic performance.
"The research is clear," said the academy. "Delaying early school start times is one key factor that can help adolescents get the sleep they need to grow and learn.”
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