Doctors Recommend Starting School Later in the Day

Published 08/26 2014 05:59PM

Updated 08/26 2014 06:27PM

The American Academy of Pediatrics released policy suggesting middle and high schools push back the start of their day to at least 8:30 a.m.

Teenagers are supposed to get nearly ten hours of sleep every night, but many are not able to go to bed early enough because teenagers develop Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder.

They physically cannot go to bed early.

But as of right now, the only solution parents have is urging their kids to hit the sheets as early as possible.

"We should tell them. That is the only thing we can do at this time, but if you're looking into what is the better thing to do, it's delay their school time,” Dr. Ravi Kashyap said. He is a sleep specialist at UnityPoint Health – Methodist.

Delaying school start times could improve alertness in the classroom, but on the school's end, changing start times is easier said than done. Coordinating bus routes and after-school activities all have to be taken into consideration.

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