Some more sleep for Californian school students
Every morning waking up is a task. If only we could sleep a few minutes more! Well, children in California could do that now.
California has just become the first state to push back school start time so students can get more sleep.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law, preventing high school classes from starting before 8.30am and middle school classes starting before 8am.
Schools will have three years to comply with the law, meaning that all schools must have the new start times set by 2022.
It’s a big victory for the ‘start school later’ movement, which has been pushing districts to adjust their daily calendars for decades in the name of public health.
Studies suggest later start times result in better attendance, less tardiness, fewer students falling asleep in class and improved grades – and lowers the risk of teens developing issues such as depression and substance abuse.
The average person falls asleep in seven minutes. If it takes you less than five minutes to fall asleep, it’s likely that you’re sleep deprived.