Later School Start Times could save $9 billion per year –Study Says

A new study revealed that starting school no earlier 8:30 a.m. could save $9 billion per year in the United States. It will also improve educational achievement and some traffic accidents among tired teenagers.

Researchers said that starting school at 8:30 a.m. could save $83 billion over a decade and it could make people healthier.

“Not getting enough sleep is common among high school students and is associated with several health risks including being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using drugs, as well as poor academic performance, ” said by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The first state-by-state analysis of the economic suggestions has released from RAND Corporation and RAND Europe. It showed that a starting school at 8:30 a.m. could contribute $83 billion to the economy of the U.S.

The study revealed that after two years, due to the delay of school timing U.S’s national economic gain was around $8.6 billion. The reason was transportation, such as rescheduled of bus routes and times.

The previous study showed that one additional hour of sleep is leading to increasing the probability of the high school graduation by 13.3 percent and college attendance rate by 9.6 percent. Teenagers need each night, an average of 8 to 10 hours of sleep but around 60 percent of school students reported weeknight sleep duration at around 7 hours.

These positive outcomes have a direct effect on future of the students to obtain the job and also impacts on the economy of the country.