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Experts recommended delaying start times for middle and high schools

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – We’ve all been there, tired, dreading to wake up for school.

“I mean i obviously went to school as a kid and liked to sleep in as a teenager” parent Celeste Anderson says.

Studies have shown that adolescents who don’t get enough sleep have a decline in performance at school.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a recommendation to delay start times of middle and high schools students.

Wilmington Pediatrician David Hill says the amount of sleep is crucial.

“The recommendation for teens is 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours of sleep at night,” Dr. Hill explained.

With teens whose natural sleep cycles make it difficult to fall asleep before 11 pm AAP recommends schools start classes at 8:30 am or later.

A National Sleep Foundation poll found 59 percent of 6th through 8th graders and 87 percent of high school students in the US get less than the recommended amount of sleep on school nights.

But it’s not just the school nights.

Dr. Hill says, “the more consistent a kid’s sleep cycle is the easier it will be to handle the week.”

And for kids who get enough sleep at night, it’s not only going to put them in a better mood, but also could help them later in life.

“Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to other health conditions for lifelong like high blood pressure and diabetes,” said Dr. Hill.

Hill says other benefits include better school attendance and fewer car accidents.


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