U.S. sleep experts recommend later school starts for teens

UW Medicine specialist is lead author of statement by American Academy of Sleep Medicine

CBS News  |  Updated 11:30 AM, 04.20.2017

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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine this week recommended that middle and high schools should start classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Delaying the school day's start would help reduce tardiness, improve attendance and help teens to be more alert and ready to learn throughout the day, the academy said. It also could enhance driver safety.

“Early school start times make it difficult for adolescents to get sufficient sleep on school nights, and chronic sleep loss among teens is associated with a host of problems, including poor school performance, increased depressive symptoms, and motor vehicle accidents,” said Dr. Nathaniel Watson, a sleep specialist at UW Medicine/Harborview. He authored the guideline and is former president of the academy. 

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