A Push for Later School Start Times

October 2, 2019

Most of us agree that proper sleep is essential to the overall daytime alertness and growth of young people. Clinical experts from across the state presented their findings and urged state lawmakers and education officials to consider a statewide move to later school start times during a forum early Tuesday morning.

Sleep is a critical component of mental and physical health. Scientific studies show that, due to teens’ internal clocks, later school start times result in teens getting more quality rest. Lack of sleep can cause anxiety, depression, a decrease in judgment and inhibits learning. I support this initiative and look forward to working with my colleagues on this public health issue. Our children are chronically sleep deprived and we should find solutions to help them.

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