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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 11:00 pm | Updated: 12:20 am, Fri Jun 6, 2014.

It’s often been said that the healthiest thing a person can do is get a good night’s sleep. But recent sleep studies and student experience suggest that for teenagers, a good night’s sleep is hard to come by.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers are supposed to sleep for about nine hours a night. But these higher sleep requirements for teens coincide with biological changes that tend to have them going to bed later and waking later. “The natural sleep-wake pattern shifts during adolescence, making earlier bedtime and wake times more difficult,” Danice Eaton, who authored one of the most comprehensive studies on teens and sleep, told the Center for Advanced Health in 2010. “The results for students with early school start-times is a chronic sleep deficit.”

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  • Start School Later posted at 10:35 pm on Fri, May 30, 2014.

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    It's disappointing to see a school health official suggesting that students go to bed earlier as a meaningful solution to sleep deprivation. While good sleep hygiene is clearly important, it can't make very much difference if teens have to wake up at 5 or 6 in the morning to get to school on time. With these hours, a 16 year old would have to be sound asleep at 8 or 9 pm to get enough sleep on school nights - something that's next to impossible for most teens for both cultural and biological reasons. For more info on this topic and the growing national movement to restore later, healthier school hours, see www.startschoollater.net

     
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