According to the American Medical Association, middle schools and high schools should start at 8:30 am at the earliest. Research has shown that puberty causes a biological shift in circadian rhythm. This shift causes later bed times and wake up times in adolescents.
Currently, 10% of U.S. high schools begin at or before 7:30 am. Inadequate sleep has been linked to mental and physical health problems.
Only 32% of American teens get at least 8 hours of sleep on an average school night. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends teenagers between 14 and 17 years old should get 8 to 9 hours of sleep per night.
Students all over the U.S. should be happy with this news!