Students need more sleep - at home, not in class

Thursday, July 14, 2016
 | 
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

alarm clock waking upThe American Medical Association is urging public schools to start classes later in the morning. 

It's a timely warning, given the fact that many schools around the U.S. will begin classes in August.

The AMA says inadequate sleep for middle and high schools students can lead to poor memory performance and an unhealthy body mass index, among other things. However, Dr. Tom Benton of the Christian Medical Association says many teens may not follow the AMA’s recommendations.

"[American Medical Association has] identified you need nine-and-a-half hours of sleep and you move the start time to 8:30 instead of 7:30,” he says. “It does not necessarily follow that [teenagers] are going to get nine-and-a-half hours of sleep, [because] they could very well decide to do other things instead."

Benton believes it should be up to the local school districts to decide when to start classes.

"I don't have a strong recommendation you should do it this way or that,” the doctor tells OneNewsNow. “I think that each school district should take into consideration where you are, how late is the sun up, what time does the sun go down, and what other activities typically happen after school - and try and come to a conclusion based on that."

A recent study shows that only 32 percent of American teens are getting at least eight hours of sleep on an average school night.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Why do you suspect LGBT activists mocked 'slippery slope' warning about marriage? (Choose all that apply)

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Military heads want transgender enlistment hold
5 GOP senators now oppose health bill ... enough to sink it
40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities
London council evacuates residents amid fire safety concerns
Utah evacuees watched flames draw closer, smoke get thicker
Senate panel seeks details on Lynch role in Clinton probe
Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets' care
Military leaders seek delay in transgender enlistment

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Washington Post confirms: Trump right on Russian election tampering
Caught on tape: Dem official says he's 'glad' Scalise got shot
Dem congressman: Let's face it, in some parts of the country– Pelosi is more toxic Trump
Senate Obamacare repeal draft includes Planned Parenthood defunding, pro-life language
Ferguson's Michael Brown to get Hollywood treatment

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
CA district says homeschooling not lawful

Calif. state sealA high school district in Northern California has sent a notification to parents telling them that their homeschooled children are not lawfully being educated.