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Teens shouldn’t start school before 8:30 a.m., pediatricians say

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The sun is hot. Water is wet. Teenagers like to sleep in.

These truths we know to be self-evident.

The American Academy of Pediatrics embraced the body clocks of teens in a report last week, saying that classes for middle and high school students should start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

The report cites research showing that teens who don’t get enough sleep suffer physical and mental health problems – specifically, they tend to have an increased risk of becoming obese and/or depressed.

A lack of sleep can also increase the chances of getting into a car crash and letting academic performance slip.

Getting to bed early isn’t necessarily the answer. The pediatricians say that teens’ natural sleep cycles make it difficult for them to hit the sack before 11 p.m.

Educators, though, say pushing start times back isn’t as easy as it sounds.

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