Sleep is important to one’s well-being, especially for growing children. Its inadequacy can affect both their physical and mental health. Moreover, sleepiness and irregular sleep schedules may lead to unpleasant consequences, including negative impact on a child’s learning, memory and performance.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two in three high school students fail to get sufficient sleep, a pattern consistent since 2007, and less than one in five middle and high schools in the U.S. start the day before the recommended start time of 8:30 a.m. In the light of the view that school going teenagers are sleep deprived due to early school hours, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has urged middle and high school students to begin their proceedings from 8:30 a.m. or later. The suggestion is backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as well considering that start time policies in the country are not determined at the federal or state level but driven at the individual or district level. Read more