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Should high school classes start later in the morning to allow teenagers to get more sleep?

The research is there to support teens starting school later in the morning. Where is the scientific support to the contrary?

August 26, 2010 at 8:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should high school classes start later in the morning to allow teenagers to get more sleep?

Or maybe they're just up as late as they would be anyway. Correlation isn't causation!

August 26, 2010 at 8:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas joins effort to remove adult services from Craigslist

Penn and Teller have a great episode on why prostitution should be legal. Don't always agree with every point the make, but they do raise some good ones!

August 25, 2010 at 8:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should high school classes start later in the morning to allow teenagers to get more sleep?

Of course that's impossible. Are you expecting someone to refute that?

Starting later would simply cater to more teenagers needs, as opposed to the very few its catering to now.

August 25, 2010 at 8:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should high school classes start later in the morning to allow teenagers to get more sleep?

http://www.apa.org/monitor/oct01/slee...

Super sorry! Wrong link above! ^ ^ ^Correct one here ^ ^ ^This is what I get for multitasking...

August 25, 2010 at 4:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should high school classes start later in the morning to allow teenagers to get more sleep?

Absolutely start school later!

Surprised this isn't more common knowledge. I remember learning about this when I was in high school 15 years ago...

"In addition to needing more sleep, adolescents experience a "phase shift" during puberty, falling asleep later at night than do younger children. Researchers long assumed that this shift was driven by psychosocial factors such as social activities, academic pressures, evening jobs and television and Internet use. In the past several years, however, sleep experts have learned that biology also plays a starring role in adolescents' changing sleep patterns, says Carskadon.

Indeed, Carskadon's research is greatly responsible for that new understanding. In a pair of groundbreaking studies published in 1993 and 1997, she and colleagues found that more physically mature girls preferred activities later in the day than did less mature girls, and that in more physically mature teens, melatonin production tapered off later than it did in less mature teens. Those findings, Carskadon says, suggest that the brain's circadian timing system--controlled mainly by melatonin--switches on later at night as pubertal development progresses.

Changes in adolescents' circadian timing system, combined with external pressures such as the need to awaken early in the morning for school, produce a potentially destructive pattern of early-morning sleepiness in teen-agers, Carskadon argues. In a laboratory study of 40 high-school students published in the journal Sleep (Vol. 21, No. 8) in 1998, she, Wolfson and colleagues examined the effect of changing school starting times from 8:25 a.m. to 7:20 a.m.

Their results were disturbing: Almost half of the students who began school at 7:20 were "pathologically sleepy" at 8:30, falling directly into REM sleep in an average of only 3.4 minutes--a pattern similar to what is seen in patients with narcolepsy."

http://www.healthfinder.gov/news/news...

August 25, 2010 at 4:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Man blows off arm with fireworks

They only award the actual award to someone who managed to remove themselves from the gene pole. He severed the wrong limb to get the D.A., though may be eligible for an honorary mention :)

July 4, 2010 at 11:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Do you think $20 billion is enough financial compensation from BP?

It makes about as much sense as charitable donations being tax deductible.
None.

June 17, 2010 at 3:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Market dogs

Agreed; whole heartedly!

June 12, 2010 at 10:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What was the last concert you attended?

Mark Mallman at the Replay :) You haven't lived till you've seen him ride his keyboard and swing his mic like a lasso!

June 12, 2010 at 4:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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