Early School Start Times Most adolescents don’t get nearly the correct amount of sleep and the early school start times make it worse. Having school start later would have a great impact on teens’ overall health. Some people may say that teens should just go to sleep earlier, but its not that easy. Early school start times should be changed because they are dangerous, inconvenient, and it negatively affects body growth. Having an early school start time can be a huge threat to teens.
Western culture today glorify the idea of thin women and refer to such women as beautiful and perfect. Such body image ideals are the reason for the development of poor body images that young girls have between the ages of 10-18.Boys as young as 14 years old are being found to use anabolic steroids in an attempt to gain muscles. It is usually assumed that negative body image issues are present in girls and women only, but this is not the case. Men and boys suffer from negative body image issues too, but they are less likely to admit to being affected than girls and women are because it is socially unacceptable for men care about what they look like. A poor body image can cause eating disorders such as anorexia where the women or girl will prevent herself from gaining weight by severely reducing her intake of food, vomiting after every meal or substitute food intake by eating cotton wool.
With this in mind, since teens are always facing changes in sleep duration, this means that sleep patterns will also change as we all age. Therefore, good sleep habits will help balance our biological factors which include our memory and concentration in class. If teens are not getting the right amount of sleep or have to wake up early, our biological factors will shift if we don't get enough sleep as a result. “Bright and Early...or Not?” also says, “ As a result, they naturally fall asleep later at night than many parents would like.” Teens biological changes also cause them to fall asleep at later times since our sleep patterns are constantly causing teens to stay up at later times for both sleeping and waking up during physical and mental changes in adolescents. Lastly “Bright and Early...or Not?” also states, “Teens are also wired to wake up later in the morning.
With the influences of the media, society is bombarded with images of health, beauty, attractiveness, fashion and fitness. The super, skinny woman and the muscular and handsome man is plastered everywhere, thus adding pressure to conform to these ideals. When people compare themselves to persons different from them, they usually develop an inaccurate appraisal of themselves and their bodies. They may see themselves as lacking and engage in behaviours to emulate the bodies of those presented in the media. As noted earlier, failure to conform to these media images, results in persons regarding their bodies negatively and developing low-self-esteem.
Teenagers have “irregular sleep patterns” and they stay up late, affecting their “biological clocks” which can “hurt the quality of their sleep” (National Sleep Foundation). Schools should start later in the morning because the students need more sleep to perform better academically, teens with more sleep are less likely to become depressed or ill, and longer sleep prevents more wrecks among teenage drivers. Teenagers need more sleep so they can perform to their highest academic potential and improve their grades. “Sleep is believed to reinforce learning and memory,” and students “perform better on mental tasks” when they have the right amount of sleep and are not sleep deprived (Richter). Students cannot learn or mentally achieve their most excellent abilities in school when they are
Sleep Deprivation in Teens “From the time they hit puberty until the age of 22, adolescents need about 9 hours of sleep a night to function optimally—to be physically, mentally and cognitively healthy.” (Juliann Garey 1). There is a huge sleep loss dilemma for teens in America where they aren’t getting enough sleep or tire themselves out too much.While most people know it’s a problem, there have been little to no efforts to actually solve the problem. Teens have many reasons why they have sleep loss, ways that sleep loss affects them, and solutions to lessen or get rid of chronic sleep deprivation. School and other time consuming activities can cause teens to not get enough sleep at night. First off, school, specifically school start times and homework, is probably the biggest reason why teens don’t get enough sleep.
The later the start time the better student can obtain knowledge. “The academy of sleep medicine recommend that teenagers aged 13 to 18 years should sleep 8 to 10 hours per day for good health. Adolescents who do not get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight and perform poorly in school”(2.CDC Features ). Also “delaying
Everyone knows that bad night sleep can easily affect the whole day. Sleeping less hours could lead to a bad mood and low performance in a day activities. Any Athletes person work hard to achieve his goal, from training to diet. There 's a simple thing they might oversee going to bed early. Most people need approximately 7-9 hours of sleep to have active day, on the other hand athlete’s people need more hours of sleeping to be hyper and energetic next day.
The amount of sleep an individual requires each night differs from every person, however it is recommended for teenagers ages 14-17 and young adults ages 18-25 on average obtain eight to ten hours of sleep each night. Yet obtaining this amount of sleep is rare amongst teenagers as a result of the various sleep disturbances such as external lights from electronic devices such as phones or computers, alarm clocks or caffeinated drinks interferes with the circadian rhythm, the natural sleep and wake cycle of the body. When sleep deprivation occurs, the body knocked out of sync and becomes a risk to personal safety and wellbeing as well as reducing personal safety. Understanding the effects of sleep deprivation on the body and mind is crucial to this project. Sleep deprivation has been shown to negatively impact memory and many cognitive, physiological and behavioral measures within the body.
Later start times in schools allow students to get more sleep, making them more healthy, productive, and awake. First, sleep is a necessity due to the repairs the body undergoes, so lack of sleep can lead to complications healthwise. According to the Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health, “Teenagers require an average of 9.25 hours of sleep per night for brain development, health, and optimal performance” (Alic and Nienstedt 862-867). As mentioned previously, only one out of ten students get an adequate amount of sleep (Troxel). So, those who are not a part of this category run the risk of developing health problems, because they are not allocating enough time for brain development, which occurs during sleep.
If the schools started later in the day absences would drop. Students being late is a big problem in their grades. Kids wake up early in the morning because sometimes their schools start early. When they wake up early in the morning their body still says that it is time to sleep. If we have classes that are later than kids will attend school more and get more sleep.
A good number of adolescents are lacking sleep and are performing poorly both academically and physically. As a result, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pushing educational policymakers to make middle and high schools start later in the morning (Richmond). Students show up to class seriously lacking sleep and the early start times cause them to have to wake up at hours that contradict their internal clocks, which are rhythms that determine sleep patterns. Less than half of the 10th graders get even seven hours of sleep, which is already less than the recommended hours of sleep for an adolescent (Richmond). Even if teenagers go to bed earlier, their school start times are becoming more early as they advance through grades
If a teen falls asleep at around 11:10 p.m. and had to wake up at 6:10 a.m. they would have about 7 hours of sleep, which is ultimately not enough time to sleep, Not having an ample amount of sleep has many consequences to it. One consequence, not much discussed, is an increased attraction for coffee. If you don’t get enough sleep you’ll most likely be drowsy which is negated by caffeine. Surprising enough, caffeine can cause insomnia and insomnia is the inability to sleep at times. If teens don’t get enough sleep, then they are at a higher risk of consuming more caffeine - possibly causing health issues along with the effects of sleep
Many students need that extra hour of sleep instead of waking up and going to school. Students that are tired in the morning, can not focus on their school work, instead they are worrying about sleeping. Some students have extracurricular activities, that make them get home late, and not get the right amount of sleep that they need. Students that have a busy schedule due to school, tend to stay up later at night. Many kids with busy schedules,