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Start School Later Initiative | COVID-19 | adolescent sleep

Delaying the Bell: The Impact of COVID-19 School Closures on Adolescent Sleep

By: AAST Associate Editor
March 11th, 2022

It would be an understatement to say that schools, teachers and students have been under immense stress during COVID-19 — turning on a dime to online learning, experiencing isolation and facing a lack of educational support and personal protective equipment (PPE) have only been a few of the challenges. However, recent research shows that increased adolescent sleep duration has proven to be a silver lining thanks to school closures that occurred at the start of the pandemic. Around the world, school closures and schedule changes in response to COVID-19 have also proven that schools are capable of changing their schedules — for the benefit of public health — which means that delaying school start times is possible.

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