High Schools Are Starting Too Early, Sleep Scientists Say

High Schools Are Starting Too Early, Sleep Scientists Say

Moving high-school start times later could help teenagers cope with mental health issues coming out of the pandemic, say a growing number of sleep researchers and psychologists. Teens have a biological need to go to bed and wake up later, due to hormonal changes that occur during puberty, research indicates. High-school students who attend schools with later start times are more likely to get sufficient sleep, according to a recent study with more than 5,000 student respondents published in the journal Sleep.