Access Minnesota

2 April 2014

Why Later Start Times Improve High School Student Performace

For the week of April 6th, 2014

Remember getting up really early for that 7:30 a.m. class in high school? According to a recent University of Minnesota study, that struggle to roll out of bed doesn’t mean that a teenager is lazy. Research shows that teens’ bodies need more sleep, and starting school later boosts academic performance and improves students’ health. On this week’s Access Minnesota, Dr. Kyla Wahlstrom discusses the many benefits of letting high schoolers sleep in just a little bit longer.

  • Guest: Kyla Wahlstrom, Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota
  • Issues: Why high school students benefit from later start times; The benefits– reduced car crashes, increased attention span, alertness, performance, and behavior; Why some communities still struggle to implement changes; Teenage sleeping patterns

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