For teens to get enough zzzs during the week, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends classes should begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
“Early school start times make it difficult for adolescents to get sufficient sleep on school nights, and chronic sleep loss among teens is associated with a host of problems, including poor school performance, increased depressive symptoms, and motor vehicle accidents,” Dr. Nathaniel Watson, former AASM president and guideline author, wrote in a statement.
If you think sleeping isn’t a big deal for teens, think again: According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens who get the least shut-eye have the highest rate of depression, hopelessness, and general anxiety.
“Starting school at 8:30 a.m. or later gives teens a better opportunity to get the sufficient sleep they need to learn and function at their highest level,” Watson said.
To be honest, we think teachers might enjoy a later start to their day as well.