What time did you have to get up for school? What time did you go to bed? These questions are at the forefront of the debate on whether or not middle and high school students in the U.S. are getting enough sleep on the average night.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that middle/high school age students need to get 8.5 - 9.5 hours of sleep a night. A lack of regular sleep can lead to weight gain, depression and anxiety, and the use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs...

I don't remember what "bed time" was for me when I was in grade school, but I do remember that once I got to grade nine, my dad would make sure we were in bed no later than 10:00 p.m. I am also fairly certain that school started at 8:10 a.m., meaning the bus picked us up at around 7:30 a.m. Now giving myself an hour to eat breakfast and get ready for school (not a hard task for a teenager) that means I could have realistically gotten up at 6:30 a.m. and still made it to school on time.

This also took into consideration homework, and extra curricular activities, of which there were many for me.

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