Study: Later School Start Can Reap Big Rewards

A new study is making the rounds in the media that says starting school later (as little as 30 minutes later) can lead to better attitudes for students, better grades, and even healthier breakfasts.

The small study was conducted at St. George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island.  Overall, 201 high school students completed sleep habit surveys before and after the nine-week experiment last year. The results were so impressive that the school made the change permanent.

From CBS News:

“The results were stunning. There’s no other word to use,” says Patricia Moss, academic dean at the boarding school where the study was done. Similar results have been found in some public schools that let teens start school late.

Researchers say there’s a reason why even 30 minutes can make a big difference. Teens tend to be in their deepest sleep around dawn – when they typically need to get up for school. Interrupting that sleep can leave them groggy, especially since they also tend to have trouble falling asleep before 11 p.m.

Read more at the CBS News website.