‘90% of parents in favor of delaying school start time’
More than 90 percent of parents are in favor of delaying school start times so that children can get more sleep, according to the results of a survey released by a local magazine.
Half of those in favor of the delay believe that getting enough sleep will keep children in good spirits and help them perform better academically.
Most respondents said starting school later or ending school earlier would allow children more time to pursue their own interests, rest and interact with their families.
Approximately 10 percent of parents did not support delaying school start times, however, worrying that this would encourage children to go to bed later.
These parents felt that the way to allow children to get enough sleep is to have them go to bed earlier rather than wake up later.
The survey was conducted online by Commonwealth Parenting magazine between July 28 and Aug. 7 on 1,996 parents.
According to a study conducted in 2010 by the Sleep Center at Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, sixth graders in Taiwan got 8.7 hours of sleep on average on weekdays.
But senior high school students got only 6.8 hours of sleep on average, far less than the 8-10 hours recommended for teenagers by the U.S. National Sleep Foundation.