The research is in. Teens need more sleep. More sleep equates to improved mental health and improved academic performance. Schools and districts across the country are looking at the research that a few extra zzzzs is good for your student.
Why? Teens’ circadian rhythms – biological sleep cycles – are different than those of adults. Teens go to bed later and wake later.
- American Medical Association
- American Psychological Association
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Center for Disease Control
- Mayo Clinic
- National Sleep Foundation
Efforts by Neighboring Schools and Districts
Schools like Carlmont High and Half Moon Bay High School have moved start times later. Davis Unified starts middle school later and is moving high schools to a later start for the 17/18 school year. Districts and schools interested in moving to a later start time all have similar challenges to address – concerns about traffic and commute times, labor agreements that are not in alignment with a later start, activities and sports that will end later.