Is your child not getting ample sleep due to early school hours? Beware, your kid is more likely to develop depression and anxiety, warns a new study.

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  • The study reveals that children, who start schooling before 8:30 a.m.
  • In addition,get insufficient sleep or barely meet the minimum amount of sleep.
  • That is 8-10 hours needed for healthy functioning of the body.
  • Even when a student is doing everything else right to get a good night’s sleep.
  • In addition,early school start times put more pressure on the sleep process and increase mental health symptoms.
  • While later school start times appear to be a strong protective factor for teenager.
  • School timings not only affect the sleeping habits but also the daily functioning of the body.
  • It aggravates major health problems like obesity, heart disease and others in adulthood.

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What study suggests?

  • The study suggested that maintaining a consistent bedtime, getting between eight and 10 hours of sleep.
  • In addition,limiting caffeine, turning off the television, cell phone and video games before bed may boost sleep quality as well as mental health.
  • The researchers used an online tool to collect data from 197 students across the country between the ages of 14 and 17.
  • The results showed that good sleep hygiene was directly associated with lower average daily depressive or anxiety symptoms across all students.
  • The risk of depression was even lower in the students who started school after 8:30 a.m. in comparison to those who started early.
  • “One possible explanation for the difference may be that earlier starting students have more pressure on them to get high quality sleep,”Experts stressed.
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