Here’s Proof School Days Should Be Starting Later

Well, now the American Academy of Sleep Medicine just released its first-ever guidelines for exactly how long you should be sleeping.

The guidelines, which follow the recommendations already in place by the American Academy of Pediatrics, say that if you’re between 13 and 18 years old, you should be getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night.

The catch here, though, is that teenage hormones and body chemistry make it really tough to get to bed at an hour that would get you the recommended amount of sleep and still have you awake for class at 7:30 a.m. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends schools push back their start times until at least after 8:30 a.m.

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