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Delaying School Start Times Improves Students’ Performance and Health

Lack of sleep poses many risks to our health and well-being. Over time, it may increase the risk of chronic health problems and early death, and in the shorter term, not getting enough sleep affects our thinking and memory. So it’s not surprising that many studies indicate that when children sleep more, performance in school, attendance, and other health outcomes improve. Much of this research shows that delaying study start times is an effective way to achieve these results (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologists [CDC] A review of this data was published in school health magazine in April 2016).

Based on a large body of research, both American Academy of Pediatrics The AAP and the CDC have called for a delay in starting school for teens.

Now, a new study that prospectively looked at the effect of delayed school start times on a number of performance and health outcomes in Seattle public schools adds more evidence that the change is smart.

The A study published on December 12, 2018 in the journal science progressAnd the I found that delaying the start of high school by about an hour increased the amount of sleep students got each day by more than half an hour. The study also showed that starting the school day later was associated with improved academic performance and reduced sleepiness in children.

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