Most U.S. middle and high schools start the school day too early
Corporate Authors:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Description:5 out of 6 U.S. middle and high schools start the school day before 8:30 AM
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that middle and high schools should aim to start no earlier than 8:30 AM to enable students to get adequate sleep.
Teens need at least 8 hours of sleep per night.
Younger students need at least 9 hours.
2 out of 3 U.S. high school students sleep less than 8 hours on school nights
Adolescents who do not get enough sleep are more likely to:
• be overweight
• not exercise daily
• sufferr from depressive symptoms
• engage in unhealthy risk behaviors such as drinking, smoking, tobacco, and using illicit drugs
• perform poorly in school
Infographic issued in association with: Wheaton AG, Ferro GA, Croft JB. School start times for middle school and high school students — United States, 2011–12 school year. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015 Aug 7;64(30):809-813.
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