NORFOLK, Va. - Soccer is something Danielle Gallagher would never give up andsince school is something she can't give up she often sacrificessleep.
"First block you can normally see me with a mug of coffeeafter having a game two nights in a row," says the High SchoolStudent from Suffolk.
Her alarm goes off at 5:00 a.m. and like many teens her daydoesn't end until way past 1000 p.m.
Way too late says Sleep expert doctor Robert Vorona.
"Most of your high schoolers actually need more sleep thenyou think instead of less sleep," said Dr. Robert Vorona.
Dr Vorona, an Associate Professor at Eastern VirginiaMedical School and President of the Virginia Academy of SleepMedicine, advises nine plus hours a night.
Without adequate sleep he says teens are at risk fordepression, behavioral problems, alcohol use, and the number onekiller of teens -car crashes.
"My guess is we would do our high schoolers right, from thestandpoint of academic achievement and behavior if we allowed themto start school about an hour later around 8:30 and end theirschool an hour later."
He points to several studies which suggest its already workingin other States.
One in particular from Kentucky shows teen involved carcrashes decreased 16.5% in one county after delaying school starttimes While the rate increased 7.8% in the rest of the state.
"That's pretty amazing," said Danielle's Mom.
Rima Gallagher told us she is impressed but not convinced.
"Starting later might cause the sporting events to startlater and them to get home later also."
Virginia Sleep experts are still kicking around the idea with agoal of getting it to lawmakers in the near future.
Meantime Danielle says she won't lose any more sleep overthis.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.