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Later School Start Times Essay

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Imagine walking into a first period classroom full of high schoolers. What would you expect? Here is what you should expect, kids who are ready to learn, kids who are enthusiastic. Even though that's what you should expect it's also what you should aswell, because when kids are tired they can’t learn and they don’t want to learn they want to sleep. School is about learning not getting up at 5 A.M. to make it on time. If you really want kids to learn you should really think about later school start times. This brings me to my topic: LATER School Start Times for high schoolers. I am for this because kids deserve a good night's rest for a hard day at school the day. Obviously, they don't get this, but that's why I’m here to prove why LATER school…show more content…
Is it helping them or is it not? Well it’s obvious that it is not helping them. Sleep helps kids grow mentally and physically. However, students are forced to wake up early in order to make it to school on time. Therefore, they never have time to sleep which is impactful for the growth and condition of their brain. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics “Delaying start times better align school schedules to the biological sleep rhythms of adolescents whose sleep wake cycle begin to shift up to two hours later at the start of puberty, (Erickson 2). This quote reveals, that during puberty students sleep-cycle shifts up to two hours later. As a result, students get even less sleep than they should be due to puberty and the sleep cycle. This means they cannot grow physically and mentally. Also, kids can develop many health problems including deadly ones. The National Sleep Foundation research indicates that “Sleep deprivations impacts include: weight gain, eating disorders, increased risk of diabetes, reduced immunity, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, mood swings, behavior problems, suicidal ideation, and potential impacts on brain development, (Rubinstein 2). As early school start times continue so does the risk of many health problems for high schoolers. As you can see, according to many trusted resources health of high schoolers is at risk because they don’t get enough
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