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Starting School Late Could Lead to Better Health for Kids

Updated: Tuesday, August 26 2014, 10:27 PM CDT

 HOW WOULD YOUR CHILD LIKE TO WAKE UP LATER ON SCHOOL DAYS?
      
THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS SAYS PUSHING BACK THE START OF SCHOOL WOULD HELP KIDS AND TEENS GET BETTER SLEEP.

SLEEP SPECIALISTS AT MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER TELL US TEENS SHOULD GET 9 TO 10 HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT, AND ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN SHOULD GET 10 TO 11 HOURS.
      
NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP CAN CAUSE OBESITY, DIABETES, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND HYPER ACTIVITY IN STUDENTS. THEIR PERFORMANCE IN THE CLASSROOM COULD ALSO BE AFFECTED.

"YOU'LL SEE COGNITIVE, BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS. THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO FOCUS AND CONCENTRATE AS WELL AS CHILDREN THAT HAVE ENOUGH SLEEP. MAYBE INCREASED TRUANCY, EARLY DROPOUT RATES FROM BEING TIRED."

RESEARCHERS SAY KEEPING ELECTRONICS, LIKE TV'S AND COMPUTERS, OUT OF YOUR CHILDS ROOM  AT NIGHT, AS WELL KEEPING THE ROOM DARK AND QUIET WILL HELP THEM GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP.




Starting School Late Could Lead to Better Health for Kids


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