More sleep – better health for middle and high school students

(ABC NEWS) – If you have trouble getting your teen out of bed and off to school in the morning, you’re not alone.

Now, doctors are saying it shouldn’t be the teen changing his or her schedule, it should be the school.

The American Medical Association this week calling for middle and high schools around the country to start no earlier than 8:30 in the morning. The reason? More sleep, better health.

This statement comes a day after the American Academy Of Sleep Medicine released new recommendations for kids and teens. Most middle schoolers, They say, could benefit from a whopping 9 to 12 hours of shut-eye. High schoolers, 8 to 10 hours.

An earlier survey from the CDC revealed that fewer than one in three American teenagers slept at least eight hours on school nights.

But for many schools, it would be a big adjustment.

The U.S. Department of Education says more than 85 percent of all public high schools start before 8:30.
But experts say teens’ sleep-wake cycles are unique.

And long-term lack of sleep is linked to low physical activity, worse grades, and other behavioral problems.

So, while it may shake up the family routine, kids’ health might just be saved by a later bell.

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