Later School Start Improves Daytime Functioning
Julie Boergers, a psychologist and sleep expert from the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center, a division of the Lifespan health system, recently led a study linking later school start times to improved sleep and mood in teens. The article appears in the current issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.
"Sleep deprivation is epidemic among adolescents, with potentially serious impacts on mental and physical health, safety and learning. Early high school start times contribute to this problem," says Boergers. "Most teenagers undergo a biological shift to a later sleep-wake cycle, which can make early school start times particularly challenging. In this study, we looked at whether a relatively modest, temporary delay in school start time would change students’ sleep patterns, sleepiness, mood and caffeine use."
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