If you’re like most students, waking up is hard to do.
And often because of reasons like bus schedules and lunch periods, as you get older, you end up going to school even earlier. But as students get older, their body clocks tend to shift, leading them to want to stay up later and wake up later in the morning. What’s more, competing demands on their time mean that they’re often up late finishing homework, leading to still more lost sleep.
That’s why some school districts are making a change. Two years ago, Glens Falls high school in upstate New York moved their start time from 7:45 to 8:26. And even though there was some initial push back, a month after making the switch, students were getting between 20 and 45 minutes more sleep each night. And initial numbers show they were also showing up late less often, having fewer discipline referrals and the number of failing grades was cut by half.