It’s back to school time for a lot of the kiddos out there and many of them will be struggling to adjust to waking up much earlier. Much, MUCH earlier in some states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week released data about when the school day typically starts for the nation’s public middle and high school students. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that schools start later than 8:30 a.m. to help teens avoid becoming chronically sleep-deprived and exhausted. However, five out of every six middle schools and high schools in the U.S. start before that time. In only two states — Alaska and North Dakota — does the average school start time meet or exceed the AAP’s 8:30recommendation. Twenty one states’ school bells ring before 8 AM on average. The earliest is Louisiana, where the average start time is 7:40 a.m.. All told, only 18% of schools were meeting the AAP’s recommendation as of 2012, according to the CDC.

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