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Most U.S. middle and high schools start the school day too early
  • Published Date:
    8/6/15
  • Language:
    English
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  • 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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