New study: Kids getting up too early for school

New study: Kids getting up too early for school

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A new study shows your kids could be struggling in and out of the classroom because they're waking up too early for school.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says pre-teens and teenagers' bodies do best on a rhythm where they go to bed at about 11 p.m. and get up around 8 a.m. But that's not always happening with early school start times in the Treasure Valley.

"I normally get like six or seven," said Skyler Rowe, a Boise High School student. "It is pretty difficult to get to bed early in the school year, because there's so much stuff going on."

Kids say it's hard to wind down by around 9 p.m. in order to get a full night's rest.

"I take a melatonin before I go to bed which helps me sleep," said Jake Schomberger, a local seventh grader.
    
The American Academy of Pediatrics says it would be best if classes didn't start until 8:30 a.m. or after. In the Treasure Valley, only middle schools in Meridian meet that later start time.

Doctors say when teens don't get that needed sleep because of early school days they're more prone to depression, doing poorly in school, and getting in to car crashes.

So why not start the school day later? West Ada Schools proposed a later start time for high schools a while back so that kids would get more than an extra hour of sleep. But...

"It was very poorly received to say the least," said West Ada School District spokesman Eric Exline.

That's because high schools and elementary schools would flip start times, and parents didn't want their small, young kids out at bus stops at an earlier hour when it's still dark out. West Ada Schools says earlier class times wouldn't be as hard on younger elementary school kids because their bodies work better with earlier bedtimes and earlier mornings than teens do.