California “Student Sleep Bill” Would Prevent California Middle and High Schools from Moving Up Start Time


A bill aimed to prevent California high schools and middle schools from moving up the start time is awaiting approval from Governor Jerry Brown. Dr. Kyla Wahlstrom, who is a sleep researcher at the University of Minnesota, says allowing teenagers to get more sleep is extremely beneficial:



Senate Bill 328 narrowly passed in both chambers Friday. It bars schools from starting before 8:30 a.m. In 2012, nearly 80 percent of middle and high schools in the state started before 8:30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Science has shown later start times provide healthier lives by letting young people get more sleep which helps them to be successful.