New study supports later school start times for students

Teens especially not getting enough sleep

It's the first day of school for most kids in Maryland today.

One of the hardest parts for parents during this time is trying wake up their kids so early in the morning. Now there's a new study saying later start times will help your child's performance at school.

Related: Push to delay Anne Arundel County school start time gains momentum

This study comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is the first major group to support later school start times especially for teens. They say delaying the start time until at least 8:30 a.m. will help curb teens' lack of sleep which has been linked to poor health, bad grades and other problems.

Studies have found most middle and high school students don't get the recommended amount of sleep, which are 8 ½ to 9 hours on school nights. They find high schoolers get an average of less than seven hours.

The study found if school starts later students will get more sleep and that can help improve their motivation in class and their mood.

This is a topic that we've seen debated in local school systems, mainly in Anne Arundel County. School officials say the biggest obstacle to pushing back the start time is money.




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