With later class periods, students will have more time to sleep, wake up, and actually get an appetite for breakfast. If kids are no longer shuffling into class last second, cafeterias won’t have to work as hard enticing them to sit down and grab a bite in the morning. Schools can help further by offering programs like Breakfast After The Bell to give students even more time to catch a break and eat their meal without fear of making it to class on time. And when it comes to lunch, more alert and active students who’ve gotten a decent night’s sleep will naturally be hungrier come lunch time.
“Even a start time of 8:35 a.m. allows 57-60 percent of students to get eight or more hours of sleep, which is an important health benefit for a majority of students,” said Kyla Wahlstrom, director of CAREI. “Local school districts, school personnel, parents, and students need to understand the importance of sleep and to make choices using the knowledge from this and other studies.”