Why More Sleep Could Help Kids Do Better in School and Life
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January 5, 2018
Most U.S. middle and high schools start at 8:00 a.m. or earlier. This forces teens out of bed hours before their biological clocks tell them they're ready. One in five teens regularly falls asleep in class. Sleep-deprived teens suffer academically. And teen sleep loss contributes to many of the mental health problems that skyrocket in adolescents.
Delaying school start times could help address these issues, says RAND's Wendy Troxel. Moreover, RAND research finds that delaying start times could boost the U.S. economy by increasing students' academic performance and potential lifetime earnings.
Wendy Troxel, Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist, RAND Corporation
California is the first state to mandate later start times at most middle and high schools, a move designed to boost outcomes by improving students' sleep. Starting the school day later across the country could contribute $83 billion to the U.S. economy within a decade.
Marco Hafner, Martin Stepanek, et al.