Why change school hours?

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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.