By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Sleep is critical to brain development, memory function, and cognitive skills and discussions have been held for years about sleep-deprived teens – adolescents whose sleep cycles shift and have trouble falling asleep.READ MORE: Mayor Kenney Provides Next Steps In Investigation Over Mishandling Of 1985 MOVE Victims' Remains
Now, the Maryland-based Lloyd Society and Start School Later explored adolescents need for sleep and the consequences of appropriate start times for schools nationwide. With some schools starting at 7am, students don’t get the recommended 9 hours of sleep.READ MORE: Police Searching For Shooter After Man Gunned Down While Driving In Trenton
In 2012, a study of 146 middle schoolers in Wake County, North Carolina was reported in Education Next, that found that pushing back start times an hour resulted in increased math and reading scores on standardized tests by 2-3 percentage points.
Challenges such as competitive sports practice and child care are considered in decision making but in Columbia, MO, Students Say, an advocacy group, successfully pushed start times from 7:30-9:00am.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police: Man Stabbed Multiple Times At Detention Center In Holmesburg
Read more in Education Week.