Research shows that giving them 30 extra minutes in the morning has significant benefits. They’re more alert, more positive, less irritable, have fewer tardies and have more time for a healthy breakfast.
Teenagers enjoy their deepest sleep around dawn, right about the time they get up for school. Interrupting their sleep cycle makes them groggy, especially since they have trouble falling asleep before 11 p.m.
Boys suffer more than girls because their pituitary gland, the gland responsible for growth, starts working at about 2 a.m. and slows down at about 6.
An early start time may be a matter of parent convenience, but starting even 30 minutes later can make a stunning difference in a high schooler’s life. Talk to your school board about a later start time.
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