Study: Teens need more sleep to function, push back school start times

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POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:54am

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 9:19am

Young adults should have later school start times, so they can catch up on sleep.

That is the finding of a study from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

It suggests delaying the start of the school day for middle and high school students until at least 8:30 AM to reduce chronic sleep loss, which is linked to poor health.

The study suggests teens should get between 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours of sleep on school nights and also turn off the distractions in the bedroom, like TV's, computers and gaming devices.

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