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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – We’ve all been there, tired, dreading to wake up for school.

“I mean i obviously went to school as a kid and liked to sleep in as a teenager” parent Celeste Anderson says.

Studies have shown that adolescents who don’t get enough sleep have a decline in performance at school.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a recommendation to delay start times of middle and high schools students.

Wilmington Pediatrician David Hill says the amount of sleep is crucial.

“The recommendation for teens is 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours of sleep at night,” Dr. Hill explained.

With teens whose natural sleep cycles make it difficult to fall asleep before 11 pm AAP recommends schools start classes at 8:30 am or later.

A National Sleep Foundation poll found 59 percent of 6th through 8th graders and 87 percent of high school students in the US get less than the recommended amount of sleep on school nights.

But it’s not just the school nights.

Dr. Hill says, “the more consistent a kid’s sleep cycle is the easier it will be to handle the week.”

And for kids who get enough sleep at night, it’s not only going to put them in a better mood, but also could help them later in life.

“Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to other health conditions for lifelong like high blood pressure and diabetes,” said Dr. Hill.

Hill says other benefits include better school attendance and fewer car accidents.

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10 Comments on "Experts recommended delaying start times for middle and high schools"

Old Student
2015 years 10 months ago

No wonder they don’t know how to follow rules when they enter the work force. Are we suppose to just change the rules to what they can cope with???

2015 years 10 months ago


Your kids are picked up at 6:30am? Where do you live…Burgaw?

I seriously doubt your kids are doing homework until 10pm. Unless texting their friends or playing some online video game constitutes homework.

As far as the lake is concerned, I think the ocean is a better option.

Your children are going to learn the rest of the world doesn’t give a hoot about how tired they are.

2015 years 10 months ago

we farmed. In the summer we were up at 4:30 from 6 years old up. worked all day doing something that needed to be done, went to bed early whether we wanted to or not. most of the time we wanted to. during school we got up early, made our beds, washed, eat put away the dishes and was out by the school bus no later than 7 am. got home around 4 to 4:30 during the years. then had to do homework and chores around the house. i turned out good. i learned how to respect what i was taught and pass it on. it was a better generation than what we have now.i have instilled those in my children and grandchildren and they respect me more for it today and i see how successful they have been too!Q so quit whining and instill some life long skills!! MOST SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ARE EATING LUNCH WHEN OTHERS ARE JUST EATING BREAKFAST!!

2015 years 10 months ago

Really Paul, did you put any thought into your post. OK, lets change the start time to 8:30. That means they get home 5:45 or later. Then dinner and homework from 10 -11 and you are right back to were you started only an hour later to bed.

2015 years 10 months ago

My son sets his alarm, gets up and out all by himself, is NEVER late for school and is an honor student. Maybe better parenting is in order at your house?

2015 years 10 months ago

Their competition is getting up early too and raring to go.

another taxpayer
2015 years 10 months ago

No phones, video games or computers on school nights. Dinner, homework, bath and bed, no excuses! We are raising a bunch of entitled cry babies who wont be able to function in the real world because they have ben catered to their whole lives!!! So they whine when you tell them to go to bed…big deal, let them whine, it wont kill them. instead it will teach them responsibility and self motivation!!! Stop catering to them….you are teaching them poor values by changing the worlds schedule just to please them! Get real!!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

Dr. Hill,

Instead of cow-towing to the whiny kids, it’s time for the parents to take away the video games, cell phones, television, and whatever else they’re doing, and put their butts in bed at a reasonable time.

Do your kids and your step-kids get the requisite 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours of sleep each night?

Sleep deprivation is self-induced.

2015 years 10 months ago

My kids’ bus for Hoggard PICKS UP at 6:30am, meaning they have to get up at 5:50am and the latest to shower and eat breakfast before walking down to the stop. Then they get home at 4:45pm, then dinner and homework until 9-10m. This is just insane. They are exhausted every day and getting them up and out of the house with so little sleep is a nightmare for us too.

So “taxpayer”, you can go jump in a lake with your no-nothing comment.

2015 years 10 months ago

I did not read where Dr. Hill made the recommendation himself.. I am sure he was just asked to comment based on the fact he is a well known pediatrician in Wilmington. He only commented about the amount of sleep that is healthy for our youth. The AAP made the recommendation to delay the start times.

Our children do need to be on a schedule and we should educate them on how important rest is to their bodies.. this has to start at a young age.. The worst thing we allow them to do is get so far off a healthy schedule during the summer. I remember how hard the first week of school was after staying up all night and sleeping all day during the summer. It is true, even in our jobs, when we do not get enough rest.. we do not perform well. And Dr. Hill is correct… most accidents occur when we are not at our best..


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