U.S. middle and high schools start too early for the average adolescent’s sleep cycle, which tends to naturally fall towards sleeping later and waking up later. This has numerous consequences for students, which the Secretary of Education should investigate in order to develop appropriate rules on school start times.
Delaying school start times for middle and high school students would have vast ripple effects. Parents, elementary schools, and communities would all be negatively affected. Additionally, it’s not entirely clear, based on current research, whether delaying school start times would actually lead to adolescents getting more sleep.