“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy and wise,” like Ben Franklin said. But does this apply to teens. A common problem for teens in the modern age is school is starting too early. Most Middle and High Schools start at 7 to 7:40. Kids the age from 6-13 should get 9-11 hours of sleep every night. Kids are getting more into caffeine products and watching TV and playing electronics. For the first time the CDC, The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging education policymakers to start Middle and High school classes later in the morning. In more than 40 states, at least 75% of public schools start earlier than 8:30. ADD MORE
A lot of teenagers complain about how tired they are in the morning. It’s so hard getting out of bed in the morning, especially when you go to sleep late at night. In my opinion, I think that school should start later in the day. We learn way better when we are fully awake. We have the energy to stay awake during school.
According to Owen Mindell, the average amount of sleep that teenagers get is between 7 and 7.5 hours per night. However, the average teen needs between 9 and 9.5 hours of sleep each night. With most students waking up between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m., they would have to be fast asleep by 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. in order to get their required sleep. Taking homework, tests, and extracurricular activities into account, this is a nearly impossible feat. Schools starting later would help teens attain their much needed sleep.
Why school should start later? School days are not supposed to start before 8:30 a.m. for middle and high schoolers. This fact is supported by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine that links early days to car accidents along the roads, depression among the young teenagers and increase in poor performance academically due to early school days. Teens struggle through the challenge of waking up very early in the morning so that they can be at school at the right time.
21% of teen motor vehicle accidents are caused by drowsy driving. Many teens everyday are complaining about their school start times being way too early. Teen tiredness is now considered to be a public health pandemic. School starting at a later time is beneficial because it helps students catch up on sleep. It helps students stay out of trouble. And it helps students ability to learn.
Waking up early affects teenagers’ social life, mentality, physical being, and academic career. A study has proven that lack of sleep will affect a teenagers’ life in a negative way, “Overtime, not obtaining enough sleep can hurt student’s healthy, safety, social life, and school career.” (National Sleep foundation 1) Due to teenagers naturally not being able to fall asleep till later in the night and forcing students to wake up severely early in the morning for school, they are exhausted. A recent study shows that students are tired throughout their school day, 60% of children under 18 say that they are tired throughout the day (National Sleep Foundation 1)
In the video, “Should Students Start School Later in the Morning” by ABC Report it talks about why should school start earlier than it already is. In the infographic “Wake Up Call” by Sarah Mckibben it discusses that teens need 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep each night. This should absolutely be put into effect. In the article “ Should School Start Later” by Junior Scholastic, the times of school should start later because so students
“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”- Thomas Dekker. Schools should have a later start time because kids who have time to get ready in the morning and have time to eat breakfast feel more energized, more focused, get more involved in class, and have a better memory. Students focus better during the day with more time to sleep, more time to focus on homework, and more time to devote to activities in the evenings. These are reasons why schools should have a later start time.
Schools should start later in the day so students can get enough sleep to fully function. Starting school early in the morning can have huge effects to a student's health, academics, and attendance. First of all, not getting enough sleep can affect someone's health in future. Second, many students may fall asleep in class and miss vital information for an upcoming test. Finally, as a child get older their internal clock change and it is very hard to get the recommended 8 1/2 - 9 1/2 hours of sleep.
The Controversial Idea of School Starting Later An Obvious Issue The issue concerning the best time for schools in the United States to start has been quite a controversial one throughout the years. In the contemporary society, and on average, school going children and teenagers do not like waking up early to prepare to go to school. Often they find it as a major challenge, especially if they stayed up late at night doing schoolwork, engaging in chores, or other activities.
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,
I’m pretty sure most people hate getting up super early in the morning to get to school. Am I right? Well I think it’s the worst! In my opinion, I think school should start later because it is better for one’s health and it’s better for students’ concentration in class. One other reason why school should start later is because it is more convenient.
Sarah Behrens Mr. Werley English III, block 3 14 September 2015 High School Start Time Ding! Ding! Ding! My alarm is going off at 6:30 in the morning on a school day.