‘90% of par­ents in fa­vor of de­lay­ing school start time’

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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