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Sleepless Teens: Should High Schools Start After 8 A.M.?

Teen Sleep

First Posted: 11/02/11 08:29 PM ET Updated: 11/02/11 08:29 PM ET

High school students across the country are waking up at the crack or dawn every day to make it to school by 8 a.m. or earlier. If you're one of the lucky ones, your school might start at 8:30 -- but chances are you'll have to be in first period earlier than that. The average teen gets less than seven hours of sleep on school nights, yet according to the National Sleep Foundation, teens require around nine and a half hours to perform their best. Now, a national online petition has been started to prevent schools from starting before 8 a.m. Take our poll and let us know what you think!

Quick Poll

Should Schools Start Later Than 8 A.M.?

Yes! If I was actually able to get a decent night of sleep, I'd be able to focus better in my classes and get higher grades.

No -- my after-school schedule is jam-packed, so I don't want to get out of school later because of a later start time in the morning.

I'm too tired to care.




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Filed by Carolyn Gregoire  |