More sleep could be key to teens making better grades

More sleep could be key to teens making better grades (Image 1)
More sleep could be key to teens making better grades (Image 1)

Science is showing the key to students making higher grades could be as easy getting more sleep each night.

News 2 spoke with local neurologist and sleep specialist Dr. Michael Yu who said early school start times may not be so beneficial to students.

“The adolescent mind doesn't fully awaken until a much later time then we thought in the past,” explained Dr. Yu.

According to Yu, 12-year-olds through young twenties need about nine hours of sleep per night.

“Waking up at 6:30, 6 o'clock or even earlier, just effectively makes them sleep deprived,” he said.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently made news when he recommended a later start time for schools.

“Overall I think there has to be an emphasis on why sleep is important to these children's development,” Yu said.

News 2 contacted several local school districts who all start class before 8 a.m. said they are not considering a time change, mostly because parents like it the way it is.

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