Benefits Of High School Starting Later Essay

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BUZZ!! BUZZ!! It’s 5:00 am on a school day, you hit the snooze button, and go back to sleep. Twenty minutes later your alarm goes off again. You finally have the urge to get up and get ready for school. You take a shower, eat breakfast and head out to the bus. You feel very tired, you stayed up really late last night because you had to study for a huge test. This happens every school morning, every day you are struggling to get through the day, you tried coffee but it’s to bitter for you, the truth is nothing will work for you but more sleep. Starting school later for high school students is important because studies have shown that more sleep for teens is key for their developing brains. The National Sleep Foundation recommends teenagers to get more than 9 hours of sleep per night, while the average teenager only gets 6 and a half. The cause of this is we have lives, after school we have sports and clubs, some of us have jobs until 9pm or 10pm and then we finally get home. After we get home we have homework from 9 to 11 and then we go to bed. In a school wide survey I conducted with 222 students surveyed I asked the question “Would you support school starting later?” 65% of students said yes they would. In many of the explanations my peers said they felt too “Tired in first…show more content…
Yes it does feel good to get out early of school. But I feel getting more sleep is important. If school starts early the kids who drive are greater at risk to get in a crash if they were awake. Sleep can also affect grades. “For example, an important recent study published this spring by Dr. Kyla Wahlstrom documented the positive effects of school start time delay in over 9000 students from eight high schools in three states, including improved grades and standardized test scores and up to a 65 to 70 percent reduction in teen car accidents.” -The Atlantic. If Armstrong’s start time was 7:50 then we could end at
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