CDC: Schools Start Too Early, Kids Not Getting Enough Sleep

CDC: Schools Start Too Early, Kids Not Getting Enough Sleep


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued data showing most middle and high schools are starting the day too early.
According to the report, fewer than 1 out of 5 schools start the day at the rcommended 8:30 am start time. The data was obtained from the U.S. Department of Education survey from 2011-2012.
The CDC reports two-thirds of high school students don’t get the needed 8 hours of sleep every night. For younger students, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 9 hours of sleep.
The report found only 17.7% of public schools started at 8:30 or later.
Adolescents who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight, avoid physical activity, suffer from depressive symptoms and engage in risky behaviors such as drinking, using tobacco or drugs.
In combination with early start times, the CDC says other factors of inadequate sleep include poor “sleep hygeine” such as irregular bedtimes and the use of televisions, computers and mobile phones in the bedroom. Children going through puberty are also likely to have shifts in their biological rhythms that can make them sleepier later at night, needing more sleep in the morning.
Parents who set bedtimes for children, avoided technology use by kids before bed and went to bed earlier themselves were found to have children who got more sleep than others.
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