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High schools might be giving you more beauty rest


We’ve all heard about the importance of sleep and being well rested, but this past Tuesday the American Medical Association (AMA) called our attention to the topic once again. Get ready to possibly add an hour of beauty rest back into your life

According to the Chicago Tribune, the AMA had their annual meeting in Chicago and discussed new policies and changes they wanted to make. One of those new policies has to do with later start times for those in middle and high school. According to the proposal, schools should not start before 8:30 in the morning.

Studies show that adolescents are not getting enough sleep, which is putting students at risk for other medical conditions and has caused students to perform poorly academically. Since students aren't going to start hitting the hay any early—and often can't thanks to extracurricular activities and homework schedules—pushing back school start times offers teens a little extra snoozing in the mornings.

The AMA is positive that this change will make a positive impact for students. Dr. William Kobler told the Huffington Post, “Scientific evidence strongly suggests that allowing adolescents more time for sleep at the appropriate hours results in improvements in health, academic performance, behavior and general well-being.”

Oh, but that’s not all: The new policy is also urging physicians and doctors to educate parents, teachers and other administration on the importance of a well-rested mind.

How many hours of sleep do you usually get? When does your school day start?

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by Kristina Lee | 6/20/2016