Impact of changing school start times on parent sleep

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  • With later school start times, parents who had at least one student in middle school or high school reported later wake times and increased sleep duration, averaging an additional 20 minutes of sleep per night.
  • In addition, more parents of middle and high school students reported good sleep quality and fewer parents reported feeling tired during the day with later start times.
  • Parents who only had elementary school children reported earlier bedtimes and wake times, which aligned with the shift to earlier school start times. No changes were found for sleep duration, sleep quality, or daytime experience of feeling tired in this group.

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