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Should School Districts Adapt To Teen Sleep Patterns?

To survive the 6:30 a.m. start time at Edwardsville High, Alicia Terry started drinking coffee her freshmen year. Matt Ney’s beverage of choice to stay awake at Parkway North was a daily Monster energy drink.

“That was worst thing I could have done, but it was absolutely necessary,” said Ney, who had to arrive an hour before the 7:25 a.m. bell to be involved in water polo and singing groups. “It was either that or fall asleep in class.”

When high schoolers head back to school this week, they’ll also return to a daily schedule set up to steal hundreds of hours of their sleep during the year, and one that goes against their internal biological clocks.