Researchers Reveal, Delay in School Time Would Make Children More Active

A new research suggests that if the schools commence half an hour late, then the high-school students would be more active and healthy. The research was published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

The study said that it would also improve the children’s mood. In the study, the researchers focused on 201 high school students, whose school time was delayed by half an hour.

The students were also made to complete the online retrospective Sleep Habits Survey, before and after, the alteration in the time of commencement of school.

According to Dr. Judith Owens, of the Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, R. I., if the start time is shifted from 8 a. m. to 8:30 a. m., then it will be beneficial for improvement in the children.

Researchers discovered that if the time is shifted, then the percentage of children, who get less than 7 hours of sleep, reduced by 79.4%. Also, the percentage of children getting 8 hours of sleep would increase from 16.4 to 54.7.

Researchers claim that after the shift in timings, the students would feel less sleepy in daytime and would have less exhaustion related problems. Consequently, there would be a better attendance in schools.