Sleep experts like Lisa Meltzer say yes. To her, it all comes down to science.
Your body makes a hormone called melatonin. Hormones tell your body what to do and when to do it. “Melatonin helps prepare our bodies for sleep,” Meltzer explains.
But around middle school, your body starts to create melatonin later—and that’s why it can be hard for teens to fall asleep before 11 p.m.
This wouldn’t be a problem if classes started at 9 a.m., but some teens begin school as early as 7:30 a.m.
Meltzer, along with and many other experts, finds that troubling. Lack of sleep can wreck your focus and limit your ability to learn. It can also negatively affect your mood and health. “If you don’t get enough sleep, it impacts everything,” she says.