This article from yesterday’s New York Times highlighted the feelings of many presenters at a recent conference on adolescent sleep, health and school start times that was held in Washington D.C. The entire article, in linked here, is worth reading. The quote below is from Dr. Daniel Buysse, professor of sleep medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
“Their sleep drive takes longer to build up than it did in childhood, he said. “They don’t reach that critical level of sleepiness till a later time at night.”
A student who could handle elementary school starting at 9 a.m. may have to contend with middle school starting at 8 a.m. just as social demands and his or her own sleep cycle shift later, putting development, biology, social connections and academic expectations into conflict.