Why change school hours?
It is well established that sleep deprivation is known to compromise teenagers’ health, safety, and performance. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and American Medical Association recognize the disconnect between school start times and most school schedules and recommend a high school start time of 8:30 a.m. or later. Pushing start times back helps to enable students to reach 2 critical sleep goals: 1) achieve the adequate amount of sleep that they need; and 2) to sleep during a time that is more in sync with their biology, namely, their delayed circadian rhythm. Waking a high school student up at 6am is akin to waking an adult up at 4am. As a result, they suffer from a form of circadian dysrhythmia known as “social jet-lag” during their school week.