The Hospital of Central Connecticut

School districts look at changing school start times

As committees in West Hartford and Simsbury begin evaluating the impacts of changing school start times, high school students in those districts said they think school should start later in the morning.

And according to Trinity College neuroscience professor who has advocated later school start times at the high school level for over five years, the science behind adolescent sleep schedules solidifies the argument.

"The science is overwhelming," Sarah Raskin said during a recent interview. "It's a question of finding a way to make the transition, because the change is clearly worth it."

Raskin said that sleep cycles are controlled by hormones and...