A Seattle school district joined dozens of school districts around the country in delaying the start of the high school day from 7:50 to 8:45am. In the two years that followed, teens in Seattle have gained 30 minutes of sleep on average and a solid five percentage points on their grades.
Sleep is important for everyone, but even more so for teens. Getting the recommended 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night has been shown to improve memory, mood, and concentration.
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If your teen’s high school start times are still before 8 am there are some things you can do….starting with enforcing a media curfew- a time at which your teen will turn off his or her cell phone and other electronics.
Experts also recommend parents try to not commit their teens to too many extracurricular activities.