School start times a factor in sleep

In School start times a factor in sleep, the author explains that teenagers need even more sleep than adults, about nine to 10 hours’ worth.

Teenagers need their sleep, but school start times and science might be keeping them from a full night’s rest.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep a day.

Less than that can result in diminished cognitive activity and has been linked to physical and mental health issues.

Teenagers need even more sleep than adults, about nine to 10 hours’ worth.

“If you’re sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. Sleep deficiency has also been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior,” the institute’s website says. But getting that 10 hours of sleep might be harder for teens than it should be. If high school starts at 7:35 a.m., a student would have to wake up around 6 a.m. to eat, get ready and catch a ride to school without being tardy. For that same kid to get the recommended nine-10 hours, they would have to get to sleep at 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night.