The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling on school districts nationwide to move back the start of school in the morning, saying earlier and earlier start times are responsible for 'zombie kids' who aren't getting enough sleep, Newsradio 1200 WOAI's Michael Board reports.
The AAP says around the beginning of adolescence, there is a natural delay in fall asleep time and wake time.
These moms at Whittier Middle School see it every night with their kids.
"She usually goes to bed at 1, 2:00 in the morning," one mom said.
They say tell that it is having an impact on their kids' health.
"My daughter, she's not a morning person," another mom told Michael.
In fact, the AAP says few middle school kids are morning people.
"Studies have shown that delaying early school start times is one key factor that can help adolescents get the sleep they need to grow and learn," the group said.
The AAP says today's kids are in a 'permanent state of jet lag.'
This Whittier mom says, tell me about it.
"My daughter didn't go to bed last night until 10:00, and she had to get up around 4:30," she said.
The AAP says today's multi media culture contributes to kids staying up late and not getting enough sleep.