InstaSleep Reviews Team article notes:
Despite considerable scientific evidence demonstrating that later school start times are associated with more sleep among adolescents, as well as improvements in well-being, public safety and academic performance, resistance to changing start times remains high.
- During adolescence, the release of the hormone melatonin, which signals sleep onset, is shifted about two hours later than what we see in adults or younger children — effectively causing a biological predisposition towards later bed times and later wake-up times during the adolescent years. That’s why the AAP and other medical groups focused their start time recommendation on middle and high schools. It’s also why good parenting, without good policy, may not be enough.
We need to overcome resistance to later school start times. More rest improves teens’ well-being, public safety and academic performance. As school districts across America plan their calendars for the next school year, many have been grappling with the critical question of what time the morning school bell should ring.
This article was selected by the InstaSleep Reviews Team. Please enjoy this read about how policy and good parenting can give teenagers more sleep, that will increase both public safety and academic performance.