Experts Recommend Later School Start Times

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WSIL -- For older children, doctors link obesity and other health issues to not getting enough sleep. Experts say pushing back school start times could help.

That suggestion comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics. They suggest starting middle and high school classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m. as a way to reduce chronic sleep loss in teens.
 
Experts say teens should get at least eight-and-a-half hours of sleep on school nights.
     
However, education officials aren't on board with the suggestion. They say later start times complicated bus routes and after-school activities.
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