How Can We Make Sure That Teens Get The Sleep They Need?
How can we help teenagers do better in school? Let them sleep, says Daniel Akst of the Wall Street Journal:
“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says most adolescents need a little more than nine hours of sleep every night, but a new study says that up to 87 percent of teens don’t get enough sleep on school nights.
Moreover, there is overwhelming evidence that later school start times improve the health of teenagers as well as their academic performance.
The problem—and the indifference of school officials—drove one parent to create a web site that serves as a handy portal to the extensive research on this subject.”
You can find the link to the parent’s website in Akst’s article, here. A word in defense of supposedly indifferent school officials: they’re caught between a rock and a hard place, because if they start school later in the day, after-school activities like sports would stretch into the nighttime. We need to come up with some solutions to this problem as a society and avoid blaming any one party.