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(August 12, 2015) -- As more students head back into the classroom, a new study says some of those kids are starting their school day too early.

The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 83% of Middle and High Schools in the U.S. start class before 8:30 in the morning, but health experts recommend schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later.

The report shows two out of three high school students are not getting enough sleep and says that increases their chances of becoming overweight, suffering from depression or having trouble in school.

In the past, the American Academy of Pediatrics sent out a statement urging schools to change start-times to 8:30 a.m. or later as well. Still, doctors like Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber from Eskenazi Health say good sleep habits start at home.

“One of the major problems with any of the electronic devices is that kids are going to sleep with them, so they are right next to their ear,” said Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber.

“We have to teach them how to be disconnected from those devices so that they have the opportunity to get the brain rest that they need,” she said.

Doctors also recommend making sure your kid doesn’t have any caffeine past noon and keeping the same bed time every night. CDC officials say teens need at least eight hours of sleep each night and younger students need at least nine hours.

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