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Later School Start Times are Healthier

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By Imtiaz Ahmad, M.D., M.P.H., F.C.C.P., Board Certified in Sleep Medicine, Founder of Allergy Sleep & Lung Care

As back to school season begins, it’s important for parents to get their children into a healthy sleep schedule. But as any parent knows, getting them to unplug from technology, into bed early and up in time for the early-morning bus can be a challenge.

A potential solution: later school start times.

Studies show that starting middle and high school before the sun rises is out of sync with the biological clocks of young people. They aren’t just fighting you to wake up. Adolescents are fighting their biological clocks telling them to sleep longer, resulting in potentially chronic sleep deprivation.
Teenagers need on average nine hours of sleep per night for optimal performance, health and brain development, but they average fewer than seven hours per school night by the end of high school.
Most teens would need to be asleep at 8-9 p.m. to get enough sleep with these hours. This isn’t possible for both biologic and cultural reasons. During puberty, adolescents are biologically programmed to fall asleep later in the evening than children and adults, and rise later in the morning.

Most teen sleep deprivation is a product of wake up, not bed, time.

Studies show that starting middle and high school before the sun rises is out of sync with the biological clocks of young people. They aren’t just fighting you to wake up. Adolescents are fighting their biological clocks telling them to sleep longer, resulting in potentially chronic sleep deprivation.
By starting schools later in the day, studies show adolescents can experience improved alertness, memory, attention, and cognitive processing skills, as well as improved academic performance, particularly in in disadvantaged students.
I urge parents and school districts to educate themselves on the benefits of earlier school start times and get involved.
Until that change happens, it is crucial for children and teenagers to get into a healthy sleep schedule. Avoid bright light from cellphones, laptops and televisions. Nix caffeine in the afternoon and stick to the set schedule.
If this type of common sense sleep hygiene does not improve symptoms, it’s important to see a sleep specialist to manage symptoms. For example, early phase narcolepsy often begins in adolescents, causing problems in school. It’s important to identify and properly treat this disease before it causes irreparable harm to an adolescent’s education.
It’s time to wake up to the chronic problem of sleep deprivation among adolescents. Later school start times are clinically proven to increase school performance. Our children deserve that.
For more information about my practice, Allergy Sleep & Lung Care, please visit www.LungCare.net, or call (239) 437-6670.

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Imtiaz Ahmad, MD, MPH, FCCP

Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad is a highly qualified physician, Board Certified in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. He has been actively serving the community of Lee County, Florida since 2004, with a strong focus on a proactive healthcare approach. Dr. Ahmad has received advanced training from some of the most prestigious institutions, including Harvard University, Cornell University, State University of New York at Brooklyn, and the University of Mississippi. SOMNAS is a medical facility that is committed to improving and maintaining the health of patients with sleep disorders. The expert team at SOMNAS is known for their compassionate and high-quality care. They offer unparalleled treatment and care to patients on the Gulf Coast of Florida, ensuring a better and healthier life for them.

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A partir del 11 de octubre de 2023, Allergy Sleep & Lung Care (ASLC) ya no formará parte de GenesisCare debido a su quiebra.

ASLC volverá a abrir como una práctica independiente en nuestra oficina de Healthpark a partir del 30 de octubre de 2023 o después de esa fecha.

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