High School Should Start Later Essay

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Most people will say that high school will be the best four years of a persons’ life, or that a person will miss high school once they are out in the real world. High school students would probably beg to differ considering the hours upon hours they spend doing homework or studying. Teens would also all agree that waking up in the early morning to get ready for school, or to not miss the bus is a dreaded part of their daily routines. Health Hours says “According to most sleep experts, most adolescents need about 9 hours of sleep per night. Today nearly 2/3 gets under 8 and 2/5 get under 6 hours of sleep per night.” This quote supports the fact that teenagers do not get the sleep that they need. High schools should consider having the school day start and end later for their students because it could improve the health, safety, and the academic achievement of their students. Not getting enough sleep could eventually lead to sleep deprivation, which could deteriorate the health of students tremendously. Research shows that sleep deprivation could lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. By getting enough sleep it will increase student’s moods, and lower stress. Lowering stress will decrease the…show more content…
This is also seems like a downside to the teachers as well. Having those six hours before bedtime seems so important to teachers and students but what they don’t realize is they don’t have to give up their afternoons completely. Starting later and ending later does not mean that you go to school all day. Students would get out an hour or two later than normal and would still have plenty of time for after school activities such as homework, sports, or jobs. A two hour time difference in the afternoon would not make as much as a difference in their everyday life as a two hour time difference in the mornings
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