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Teen car crashes, the primary cause of death for teenagers, significantly decline when teens obtain more than eight hours of sleep per night. economy of nearly US.4 billion over 15 years if high school starts nationwide at a.m.

A newly released report by the RAND Corporation quantified the “costs” to our society of early high school start times in terms of lost income due to impaired academic and professional performance and car crashes for teens who are sleep-deprived. So what exactly is going on with teenagers and their sleep patterns? Research informing expert recommendations began in the 1980s, with studies that cast new light on what goes on in the teenage brain.

A big part of the reason why is that nearly half of all high schools in the U. start before a.m., and over 85 percent are starting before a.m.

Sleep deprivation in teenagers as a result of early school hours has been a topic of concern and debate for over two decades.

In fact, as late as 1910, half of all children attended one-room schools.

As schools and districts grew in size in the early 1930s, staggered starting times became increasingly common.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and most recently the American Academy of Sleep Medicine have all come out with statements that recommend high schools start at a.m. A national conference held in April 2017 showcased the research linking teen sleep, later high school start times and significantly positive academic, health and safety outcomes.Districts across the country have wrestled with the question of whether their local high school should start later.I’ve been studying the effects of later high school start times for 20 years.Medical researchers have also found that sleep patterns of younger children enable them to rise early and be ready for learning much earlier than adolescents.In other words, the biology of the teenage brain is in direct conflict with school schedules, which typically require adolescents to begin school earlier and younger children to start later.

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