Waking up is hard to do. Throw in the complicated life of a teenager – and well it almost seems impossible.

Maybe that’s why middle and high schools in certain states are trying to push back school start times. USA Today reports California is the first state to consider a bill that would outlaw schools starting before 8:30 a.m. and 19 other states have picked up on the trend starting this year.

According to the advocacy group, Schools Start Later After All, there seems to be a lot of benefits. One Tennessee based doctor suggests kids at that age need 8 hours of sleep, meanwhile he sees kids getting around 6 or 6 and half hours if school starts at 7 a.m. – which some do. That means teens are waking up as early as 5:45 a.m. to get there on time. Tack on after school activities, jobs homework and of course late night cell phone use and who would be ready to learn before the sun rises?

So why are some schools against this? Even going as far as to create new school districts to avoid the rules USA Today reports a lot of it comes down to cost and those big orange buses aren’t free. Coordinating bus schedules with elementary schools alone can increase costs enough to keep decisions from being made, but no matter how busy teens are, it’s really up to mom and dad to encourage healthy sleep habits.


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