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Delayed School Starts for Middle and High Schools Makes Sense

Beal, Judy A., DNSc, RN, FNAP, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: September/October 2018 - Volume 43 - Issue 5 - p 292
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000451
ONGOING COLUMNS: Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing

Beginning the school day a bit later than traditional start times has been found to have numerous benefits for adolescents because it allows them to get more sleep. While there are barriers to making this happen, a number of school districts in 45 states have been able to change start times. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, describes the risks of sleep deprivation for teens, benefits of adequate sleep, and recent recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Judy A. Beal is a Professor and Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Simmons College, Boston, MA. Dr. Beal can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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