Many more parents should pay attention to the new health recommendations of CDC: school starts too early, children sleep too little. Based on the study that has been recently conducted, children who do not get enough sleep may develop health problems during their adult years.
Medical experts and parents have always stressed the important of sleep in children’s daily program. The issue has become all the more important since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has discovered that children have poor performance in school if they don’t sleep between 8.5 and 9.5 hours per night.
Ironically, schools are the first who prevent children from getting the good night sleep they need to properly rest their brains. Most schools in the U.S., as CDC has recently found out, start at 8:30 a.m., thus robbing children of one or more hours of sleep.
As much as parents tried to educate their children to follow a good sleep hygiene, teenagers find it hard to fall asleep earlier than 11 p.m. due to their natural rhythms. So asking children to go to bed earlier is definitely not a solution. The only remedy that CDC could find was to suggest schools and high schools in the United States to delay their daily schedules so the children could wake up later.
For the current research of the medical authority, experts have analyzed the data from 40,000 U.S. schools that was registered in 2011-2012. Figures have illustrated that Alaska is the state where school starts the latest, at 8:33 a.m., whereas Louisiana is at the opposite pole with the earliest starting hour, at 7:30 a.m.
The final results have further revealed that more than two-thirds of the 42 American states have set their school starting hours prior to 8:30 a.m. These practices cause two-thirds teenagers to sleep less than eight hours per night, according to CDC.
Lack of sleep does not only lead to poor school performance, was the conclusion that experts have reached. Children, who are deprived of sleep can also suffer from many physical affections, such as, obesity, smoking habits, drinking problems and other drug-related practices.
Parents have had a positive response to the new finding of the CDC. They, too, think schools should adapt their programs to meet the needs of teenagers. However, middle and high schools remain reluctant when it comes to setting a later starting hour for their classes because they claim this modification will not allow children to organize their extracurricular activities and work tasks in the afternoon.
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