URMC study shows early school start times may increase depression, anxiety

The time a child starts school could have an impact on their health.

A study from the University of Rochester Medical Center suggests that students whose school starts before 8:30 in the morning are at a higher risk of anxiety and depression than those whose start time is later. According to the study, about 90 percent of high school aged children fail to get enough sleep on school nights.

The study was recently published in Sleep Health and is among the first to show that school start times have an impact on sleep and daily function.

“While there are other variables that need to be explored, our findings show that earlier school start times seem to put more pressure on the sleep process and increase mental health symptoms, while later school start times appear to be a strong protective factor for teens,” said Dr. Jack Peltz, who led the study.

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