Starting school later is a simple thing to change, and an important one. “Over 20% of U.S. middle schools start the school day at 7:45 a.m. or earlier.” I think it’s time for our school to change, too. Starting school at 7:46 doesn’t allow middle schoolers to get enough sleep. In our class, 60% of kids only get 8 hours of sleep or less. Mrs. Schwabenland, 7th grade Critical Reading teacher recommends this, “There are two times in life where you grow the most - when you are a baby, and when you are teenager.
Another piece of evidence from the article, “Support for Sleeping in? Half of Parents Favor Later School Start Times for Teen”, by Mental Health Weekly Digest, it states, “The AAP recommends that adolescents receive 8.5 - 9.5 hours of sleep each night… Lack of sleep has been linked to mental health problems, increased risk of motor vehicle accidents and a decline in school performance.” This piece of evidence supports the fact that later times increase school performance because it is telling the reader that of Teens have lack of sleep then that can decrease
Teenagers are in an important stage of their growth, which means that they should get all the sleep they need. We need at least 9-10 hours of sleep and it’s proven that only 15% of teenagers get the amount of sleep they need. It’s important to sleep at the right amount of time to stay focused during the day and at school. According to the website Sleep Center it states that “ Teenagers that don’t get the sleep they need end up getting sleep disorder such as depression and other health issues” . Getting to bed late at night could affect your health.
For about 20 years now, school districts across the United States have debated delaying high school start times to start later so adolescent students are allowed more time to sleep, which studies say helps school performance and brain development. Most high schools in the United States start class at 7:59 a.m or earlier. Statistics show that starting school at these early hours can not only result in multiple physical, psychological and educational problems, but also widespread sleep deprivation. With a later school starting time, all of these issues can be resolved. Students need 8 ½ to 9 ½ hours of sleep per night in order to thrive both academically and physically throughout the day.
School Start Times Imagine a teenage student struggling to get out of bed in the morning. The night before was occupied with math homework, an English essay, a doctor’s appointment, and swim team practice, leaving little time to rest. The student, exhausted and sleep deprived, wakes up at 6am every morning in order to catch the school bus at 7am. Juggling homework, extracurricular activities, family time and of course, rest are everyday tasks complicated by school start times. The early start times of middle and high schools nationwide affect each and every student immensely, affecting academic performance and overall wellness.
⅖ of students who go to school who start at 8:00 or earlier only get 6 hours or sleep. And ⅔ of students who go to those schools only get 8 hours or sleep (sleepfoundation.org). Teens should get 9-10 hours of sleep per night so that they can do their very best during the day. If we had late start school, then students could do better in school and then that could affect their entire life. Why do schools start early if there are no benefits?
Kids will get up early to go to school and still feel sleepy because they're sleep-deprived and that can affect how they perform in school. Kids, especially teenagers should be able to get at least nine hours of sleep so they can be able to function properly in school. "I see a lot of teenagers who are tired and have problems in school because they have to get up early, according to Deray. " I guarantee you, that if these schools start at a later time, a lot of kids would get better grades.
Adolescents need about 8-10 hours of sleep a night in order to be getting a full night’s sleep; however, majority of high school students don’t get anywhere near that. If a student went to bed at 11 pm they would have to sleep until about 7:30 am for an adequate amount of sleep; however, according to the CDC, almost 70% of high-school students report sleeping 7 hours or less on a regular basis. One reason high school students struggle with getting enough sleep has to do with a hormone in their body called melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone which helps control one’s sleep and wake cycles, but as children approach and begin going through puberty the melatonin in their body starts being produced on a delayed schedule. Therefore, adolescents have a hard time falling asleep or even feeling tired before 11
Teens and kids actually function better if schools started maybe just an hour later. Students would first off get more sleep. David Dinges did a study of what kids function and reform better with so many hours of sleep. The students with 8 hours of sleep, learning curve rose and they did better at assigned tasks. Students that only got 6 hours of sleep, learning curve flattened; and the students that only slept for 4 hours were less able to perform tasks.
Therefore, it takes time away from learning. I believe classes both should and should not start later in the day because when teenagers wake up early, it messes with their biological clocks, many teenagers participate in extracurricular activities after school, and teenagers would have more mental focus going to school later in the day. First of all, when teens wake up early it messes with their biological clocks. After teens hit a certain age something happens with their biological clock. Many teens that would fall asleep early now go to bed later in the night.