Do early classes and too-little sleep contribute to teen auto accidents?

Discovery News, via MSNBC, reports:

When high schools start too early, sleep-deprived teenagers are more likely to crash their cars, suggests new research.

The study [compared] accident rates among teenagers in two adjacent counties in Virginia — one with schools that started extra early and one that started at a reasonable hour…

The finding also adds to a growing body of evidence that later start times can help adolescents earn better grades, get along better with their peers, gain control over their emotions, steer clear of drugs, avoid depression and even lower their risk of suicide.

The American Psychological Association has more information on teens and sleep deprivation at their Web site.

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