ANNANDALE, Va. – Sleep is an important part of academic success and in Fairfax County, some parents are fighting to give high school students a few more hours of it.
Parents and teachers gathered at Annandale High School Tuesday for the county’s first “Sleep Night,” where a sleep expert presented findings from her study on a school that moved to a later start times.
“Adolsecents aren’t hard wired to go to sleep much before 11 o’clock. We also know they need about 9 hours of sleep,” says Dr. Judith Owens, director of sleep medicine at Children’s National Medical Center.
“If you do the math, they can’t fall asleep before 11, they wake up at 8 to get adequate sleep, and if school starts at 7:15, it’s not gonna happen.”