Most American adolescents start school too early, CDC says

Trending on Facebook

More popular and trending stories

Although 8:30 a.m. or later is the start time most often recommended by health professionals, “fewer than 1 in 5 middle and high schools in the U.S. began” at that time or later in the school year starting 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control

More popular and trending stories

Nearly 40,000 public schools were surveyed in the study. The average start time was 8:03 a.m., but there were big differences among states:

  • All schools in Hawaii, Mississippi and Wyoming started before 8:30 a.m.
  • Most schools in Alaska and North Dakota started at 8:30 a.m. or later.
  • Louisiana had the earliest average school start time - 7:40 a.m.
  • Alaska had the latest start-time average - 8:33 a.m.

The reason it matters, doctors say, is that adolescents should sleep, at a minimum, between 8.5 and 9.5 hours a night. 

Lack of sleep “is common among high school students and is associated with several health risks such as being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using drugs – as well as poor academic performance,” according to the CDC, citing a 2013 study

Download Our App!

Listen on Alexa!

Y100 Concerts

Y100 Rodeo

8 Man Jam

Mobile Apps

Everything you love about y100fm.com and more! Tap on any of the buttons below to download our app.

AMAZON ALEXA

Enable our Skill today to listen live at home on your Alexa Devices!